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Don’t Shoot by David Kennedy

After hearing Kennedy on NPR, I knew that he had that special something that meant he should be listened to. As a professor at a College of Criminal Justice, Kennedy brought in all kinds of speakers from Gang members to police officers to help his students gain understanding of the real-world facets of criminal justice and life. But after hearing the complexities and humanity in each speaker, Kennedy realized that it was crucial that he and his class not be the only one to hear this multifaceted view. Bringing together gang members, their families, community service providers, and the police in one place—an agreement was born that was dubbed Operation Ceasefire—the result was Boston city violence plummeted by almost two-thirds. This book explains the inside story of that first ‘ceasefire’ meeting and the importance and difficulty of implementing the program in other cities around the nation.