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Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence--and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets

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From a Harvard scholar and former Obama official, a powerful proposal for curtailing violent crime in America
Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time. But as Harvard scholar Thomas Abt shows in Bleeding Out, we actually possess all the tools necessary to stem violence in our cities.

Coupling the latest social science with
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Basic Books
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Jonathan Blanks
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review in the forthcoming issue (Winter 2020) of the Cato Journal.
Kevin
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best justice reform book I’ve read in a long time.
Collin Mickle
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A smart, thoughtful and extremely well informed book by an expert in the field. If we're lucky, Bleeding Out is going to be seen as an important and influential book, a milestone in public policy. (Of course, how often have we been lucky lately?)

Like a lot of public policy books intended for a mass audience, it's basically 50 pages' worth of ideas and data stretched to a 250-page book because, uh, that's how long books are supposed to be? I guess? This means it feels repetitive at times, and the
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Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Written in an easy-to-understand format, Bleeding Out gives a refreshing and honest look at urban violence and how to apply evidence-based strategies that work. The author's plan is action-oriented, and backed by solid research, not personal political ideology. However, Thomas Abt is not afraid to tackle the ideological viewpoints of both the "left" and "right" in the United States that tend to impede progress in reducing urban violence. Bleeding Out is "focused, balanced, and fair," and a ...more
Kenneth Bernoska
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it

This book is on point in every respect to the research and best practices for violence prevention in vulnerable areas. Appendix A is especially useful for groups who have been in this space, but have not had the reach or impact they are looking to have.

The tone and some of side-bar comments started to get to me after a while. This book is like Micheal Shannon's character from 'The Shape of Water' reading you the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Adam
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great book on what would be needed to reduce urban violence. The author uses evidence based reasoning to consider the factors, evaluate strategies which have and have not worked, and to formulate a best strategy moving forward. Even if some specifics may not be the best, the way of thinking that got to them is sound so this really is the kind of work people should be using to inform policy.
Toby Mustill
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really cool and different book, looking at a public heath and triage approach to violence. The book also breaks down the dollar by dollar cost of treating violence in this way. All told, it makes for an irrefutable argument for a public health approach to violence. Well worth a read.
James B Pogue
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book on urban violence. He knows the what the research says and what the community says. The principles of focus, balance and fairness make sense and are backed by evidence. Rejecting simplistic solutions of the left and the right, He provides specific ideas to stop the violence.
Michael
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Author is a friend of a friend. This is an honest book trying to help!
M.M. Gill
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An extremely important criminal justice book written for a layperson audience. Excellent at challenging everything you think you know about violence and how to fix it.
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