Homicides in Chicago and Los Angeles are at their lowest levels since the 1960s. In both cities, new strategies in violence prevention are being employed. Other cities are now following suit.
Shootings and killings plague too many of our nation's neighborhoods. But the good news is that CeaseFire is moving to cities across the nation.
At what tick on the clock did the sentiment change, did fear and horror turn to acquiescence? When did the expected human response flip to the aberrant one?
People on the streets of LA are winning forever. It is the most inspiring thing I have ever seen -- to see people so far down lift themselves up, to become leaders in their communities.
In a community often painted with violence, hatred, misunderstanding and fear, a beacon of light shines for the gang-infested youth of South Central L.A. His name is Father Gregory Boyle.
The 2010 Crime Stats are in, and for the 8th straight year, crime in Los Angeles is down.
In order to fix the schools, the Bloombergs and Blacks need to fix the kids. But this would require a tectonic shift in philosophy, from penal to uplifting, from frenetic to calm, from dictate to reality.
In spite of the 9000 miles that lie between them -- both culturally and racially -- after listening to them discuss their passions for their work with troubled horses and at-risk youth, you might think Joe Guy and Ron Johnson were related.
No child should feel unsafe on their walk to school. If we are to turn around struggling schools, we owe this issue a bit of attention. Our children's lives and futures depend on it.
CeaseFire recently organized a Peace Summit. You could sense the tension in the air: the crowd was composed of more than 300 young men and women from some of Chicago's meanest streets.
Urban violence is, again, being viewed by the public, the media, and by far too many of our leaders as sad but inevitable realities of life in certain urban neighborhoods. Actually though, it doesn't have to be inevitable at all.
Shouldn't there be a law that adds an automatic and very significant enhancement to the sentence of any adult who participates in a crime that involves a youth as a co-conspirator?
A major issue is the decline of young people attending church, coupled with a rise in gang recruitment. There is a lot that churches can learn from how gangs recruit and maintain a strong presence in the community.
According to the latest research, unsupervised hanging out is nothing but trouble. But trouble is, what trouble? Or, compared to what? New research i...
When "A Better LA" took on the challenge of keeping kids safe in some of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, we looked for guys like Gary.
Homeboy Industries needs $5 million dollars to get through the next six months. Father Boyle says due to the bad economy, grants and donations dwindled, so they need the money to bridge the gap.