Baltimore

Timeline: 2021-Present

CPSC is working in partnership with The Crime and Justice Policy Institute (CJP) at The University of Pennsylvania and the National Institute of Criminal Justice Reform to provide technical support to the City of Baltimore’s Gun Violence Reduction Strategy (GVRS).  The GVRS strategy is a joint violence reduction effort between Mayor Brandon Scott, The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety (MONSE), The Baltimore Police Department and State’s Attorney’s Office.

The Baltimore GVRS effort initially focused in West Baltimore, and has subsequently been expanded to four additional community districts.  Early evaluation results from Baltimore show impressive results, including:

  • A 25% reduction in homicides in West Baltimore, directly linked to GVRS implementation, with no increase in arrests by the Baltimore Police Department.
  • 60 fewer shooting and homicide victims in West Baltimore alone during the first 18 months of implementation.
  • The CJP team is continuing to evaluate the impacts of GVRS on individual victimization and outcomes; as well as impacts in additional Baltimore neighborhoods as GVRS expands.

The mayor’s joint op-ed can be found here.

The Baltimore GVRS initial evaluation results can be found here.

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