Civic Coalition to Save Lives

Eight Hard Truths about Gun Violence

Dear Civic Coalition Members:

We are pleased to share a new report with Coalition membership relating to gun violence: Eight Hard Truths About Violence for Philadelphia.

The paper co-authored by a team of experts from the University of Pennsylvania Crime and Justice Policy Lab (CJP) provides comprehensive insights about tackling serious community violence in Philadelphia for the next mayor.

The paper provides data and evidence on what works and what doesn’t, such as the impact of tactics like stop and frisk, gun buyback programs, and the use of technology.

It also explores evidence for improving conditions in communities and how that can reduce crime and violence.

We encourage you to share the paper with your peers and colleagues.


Pedro A. Ramos, President and CEO; Philadelphia Foundation Shawn McCaney, Executive Director; William Penn Foundation

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