University of Wisconsin–Madison

Reducing Gun Violence: The Boston Gun Project's Operation Ceasefire

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2001
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Policy Areas Public Safety
This report details Boston's Operation Ceasefire, which was a policy response to the epidemic of youth homicide in the city in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Its main findings show that focused-deterrence strategies, designed to increase the perceived cost of crime, contributed to a long-term reduction in youth homicides.

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