At the request of the Mayor, Policy Chief and local community organizers from Faith in Action, CPSC supported a diverse city and community partnership to design, implement and evaluate the Oakland Ceasefire strategy. Similar to our Stockton effort, the Oakland strategy broke new ground in it’s impact, sustainability, community legitimacy and the large-scale institutional changes we were able to engineer in partnership with City and community leaders.
Oakland’s pathway to violence reduction was rooted in procedural justice work, partnership with community leaders, and leadership commitments to change.
The Results: A rigorous quasi-experimental evaluation of our work in Oakland by Northeastern University found that it:
- Was the primary driver of an over 50% reduction in shootings and homicides citywide from 2012-2019.
- Produced the longest sustained reduction in homicides in 50 years
- Reduced gang-involved shootings by 43%
- Reduced victimization and re-arrests among highest risk Ceasefire clients compared to control groups.
Click to read the “OAKLAND CEASEFIRE EVALUATION” report.