The Ceasefire strategy is a unique partnership between clergy and community members, law enforcement agencies and service providers focused on sending a clear message to a carefully selected set of young men who have been identified through a data-driven process as the drivers of violence in specific communities.

This message is shared with young men in group meetings referred to as “call – ins” as well as through coordinated efforts among clergy and lay leaders who lead night walks in hot spot neighborhoods, and by street outreach workers.  Community members and outreach workers reach out and connect these young men, who are most at risk of either being a victim or perpetrator of gun violence with the services they need to put their guns down.

The use of data and partnership with community members generally leads to an increase in police legitimacy and a change in policing practices that no longer rely on stop and frisk style tactics but instead on targeted interventions with the small group of young men who are most responsible for driving the violence in a community.

High levels of gun violence are concentrated in a relatively small number of neighborhoods and cities.  Simply by spreading what we already know works, the federal government has the ability to promote best practices in urban gun violence prevention that would have a significant impact on reducing unnecessary gun deaths in the United States.

Don't Shoot | David Kennedy

One of the architects of Boston Ceasefire tells the story of the violence prevention model that has demonstrated dramatic results in stopping violent crime in Boston and numerous cities across the country.       

Campbell Collection Slides

Results of the 2011 examination of 11 studies on the effectiveness of the Boston Cease Fire model by Harvard Kennedy School researcher Anthony Braga and David Weisburd. Full study available on the September 13, 2011 online edition of The Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

The Interrupters

An extremely powerful and important documentary about the street outreach workers who "interrupt" violence as a part of Chicago's Ceasefire program.      

An Umbrella of Legitimacy: Boston Police Department’s Ten-Point Coalition Collaborative

Berrien and Winship’s important examination of the relationship between the Ten-Point Coalition and the Boston Police Department during the ‘Boston Miracle.’      

“End of a Miracle? Crime, Faith and Partnership in Boston in the 1990’s” 

An examination of factors leading to increase in youth violence in Boston after the 1990’s

Faith-based Institutions and High-risk Youth | Harold Dean Trulear

Field report to philanthropic institutions on findings from a 1998-200 demonstration project focused on understanding the challenges and the capacity of Faith-based organizations to impact High-risk youth.