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Community-based Approaches to Building Safety

February 1 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The National Academy of Sciences Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education announces the first in its series of webinars addressing gun violence.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest, many U.S. cities have experienced a rise in firearm violence. By effectively addressing gun violence, communities may benefit from improved public safety, health, and welfare, as well as reduced racial inequity. This two-part webinar series for the Hauser Policy Impact Fund in collaboration with the Committee on Law and Justice will focus on community-based strategies to building safer communities, gun violence prevention, and the role of the social and behavioral sciences in understanding and addressing gun violence.

The first webinar will highlight their recent report, Reducing Racial Inequality in Crime and Justice (2022), which synthesizes the evidence on community-based solutions, noncriminal policy interventions, and criminal justice reforms, charting a path toward the reduction of racial inequalities by minimizing harm in ways that also improve community safety, and will be used to explore and discuss community driven approaches to reducing harm and improving safety.

Speakers will include:

  • Nikki Jones, Professor and H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Department Chair of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Robert Sampson, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Department of Sociology, Harvard University
  • Eduardo Bocanegra, Senior Advisor for Community Violence Intervention, Office for Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Charlie Ransford, Senior Director of Science and Policy and Interim Director of Communications, Cure Violence Global




February 1
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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