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Peace & Justice Theatre

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego

5998 Alcalá Park

San Diego, CA 92107

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The world's most complex problems require new ways of thinking.

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What if urban violence wasn’t the intractable, controversial challenge we think it is? What if there was a plan for reducing urban violence by 50%, using a series of smart-on-crime strategies that don’t conform to the political talking points of either the right or left? We can bring peace to the streets of American cities, if we are willing to view violence not as an argument to be won, but as a problem to be solved.

ABOUT THOMAS ABT

Thomas Abt is a Senior Fellow at the Council on Criminal Justice. Both in the United States and globally, Abt writes, teaches, and studies the use of evidence-informed approaches to reduce urban violence, among other criminal justice topics.

His book, Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence - and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets, was published by Basic Books in June 2019. Abt’s work is frequently featured in major media outlets such as the Atlantic, Economist, Foreign Affairs, New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.

Before joining the Council on Criminal Justice, Abt served as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety to Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York, where he oversaw all criminal justice and homeland security agencies. During his tenure, Abt led the development of New York’s GIVE (Gun-Involved Violence Elimination) Initiative, which employs evidence-informed, data-driven approaches to reduce gun violence.

Before his work in New York, Abt served as Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked with the nation’s principal criminal justice grant-making and research agencies to integrate evidence, policy, and practice. There he played a lead role in establishing the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a network of federal agencies and local communities working together to reduce youth violence.

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