Community Violence Intervention: Can Community Programs Help Slow the Rise in Violence?
Author: Alec MacGillis
Date: January 30, 2023
In 2020, everything changed. Violence spiked across the country, with homicides rising by 30%,
wiping out two decades of progress. In 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act, or
ARPA, which included funding that many cities are spending on “community violence
intervention,” the catchall term for non-police approaches to reducing violent crime. For years,
these programs competed with one another for whatever scarce funding was available, passing
from one short-lived pilot project to another. The funding has created an opportunity for
community violence intervention to become a significant feature of the public safety landscape.
But the challenges are still immense. The programs have only a few years to prove that they
deserve lasting support after the federal money runs out.