The 2019 Mastrofski Lecture featuring Professor David Kennedy

Monday, March 4, 2019 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
Fenwick Library, #2001


Join us for the 2019 Mastrofski Lecture featuring Professor David Kennedy for his talk on "Closing the Book on the President’s Crime Commission: Toward a Theory and Practice of Problem-Oriented Public Safety".

David M. Kennedy is a professor of criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and the director of the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay. Mr. Kennedy and the National Network support cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities. These interventions have been proven effective in a variety of settings, have amassed a robust evaluation record, and are widely employed nationally.

Mr. Kennedy was a principal in the groundbreaking Boston Gun Project in the mid-1990s, which pioneered a high-level action-research approach to public safety and from which Kennedy developed the “focused deterrence” intervention framework. He helped develop the “Operation Ceasefire” homicide prevention strategy; the High Point Drug Market Intervention strategy; the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative; the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative; the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program; and the High Point Domestic Violence Intervention Program, as well as interventions aimed at individual violent offenders, opioid markets, prison safety, and others.  His work has won two Ford Foundation Innovations in Government awards, two Webber Seavey Awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and two Herman Goldstein Awards for problem-oriented policing. He was awarded the 2011 Hatfield Scholar Award for scholarship in the public interest.

Kennedy is the author of Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction, co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing, and has published a wide range of articles on gang violence, drug markets, domestic violence, firearms trafficking, deterrence theory, race and reconciliation, problem-solving methodology, and other public safety issues. His latest book, Don’t Shoot, One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, was published by Bloomsbury in September 2011.