About rising violent crime in Boston:

Jack Levin, director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University, said many U.S. cities cut programs that emphasized prevention, community-oriented policing and controls on the spread of guns, often citing budget cuts. Boston is now reviving some of those ideas.

Boston stands out because it was seen as a national leader in halting violent crime in the late 1990s, when politicians basked in what became known as the “Boston Miracle.” Homicides collapsed 77 percent from 1990 to 1997 and the city went for almost two years without a homicide against anybody under 18.

“The violent crime rate started to rise again nationwide during the recession of 2001 and 2002, when many state governments, local city governments and the Feds cut back on their crime-fighting efforts,” said Levin.

“In Boston, we are now putting more police on the streets in crime hot spots and we are also increasing the number of after-school programs and summer jobs. They are not up to the level that they were in the middle 1990s. But we’re doing a better job than we did two years ago,” he said.

Crime rises as police fight other threats – By Jason Szep, Reuters

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