Participation in High School Sports Lowers Major Crime

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When high schools have strong interscholastic sports participation rates, they report lower levels of major crime and fewer suspensions, according to a new University of Michigan study. The research includes violent behavior and attempted rape among major crimes, and suspensions involving five or more days out of school. “Sport participation opportunities within a school might operate to slow down or …

Working Together To Create the Safe and Healthy Futures Youth Festival

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By: Hadiyah Muhammad, UM Public Health Graduate Student & MI-YVPC Research Assistant “Potential.” That is how a youth participant responded when asked to describe Flint in one word during a video interview at the Safe and Healthy Futures Youth Festival on June 9th, 2012. It is this potential to be a safe and healthy community that inspires the work of …

James Q. Wilson, who developed Broken Windows Theory, Dies at 80.

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By: Sophie Aiyer, PhD, MHS, MI-YVPC Postdoctoral Fellow James Q. Wilson, the social scientist who created the well-known “broken windows theory” (Kelling & Coles, 1996; Kelling & Wilson, 1982), died on Friday, March 2nd in Boston, Massachusetts at 80- years of age. James Q. Wilson’s scientific contributions influenced many crime reduction and prevention programs in major cities including New York, …

Walking the Walk

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director There are times in life when we are faced with the choice to act on our beliefs or to simply follow the easy path.  Robert Frost wrote about the road not taken, and I find myself thinking about the same thing. I am confronted daily with the specter of Flint and Genesee County leading …

Shutting Out the World: Preventing Violence in Flint

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By: Pete Hutchison, YES Program Director The real frustration of the current rate of violence in Flint is that there are so many concerned people working to prevent it.  There are active neighborhood groups, collaborations amongst the faith community, a multitude of youth serving organizations meeting together and looking for solutions.  Yet with all of this we still can’t seem …

What Does Violence Have to Do With Public Health?

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By: Susan Morrel-Samuels, MA, MPH, MI-YVPC Managing Director According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, violence in the U.S. causes approximately 50,000 deaths a year and over 2 million injuries. In 2007, 18,000 people were victims of homicide and 34,000 people took their own lives.  Let’s think about that for a moment.  Cities like Sheboygan, Wisconson, Ames, Iowa, …

Reducing Urban Blight as a Crime Prevention Strategy

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Can programs like the Genesee County Land Bank’s Clean and Green Program prevent crime? Tom Reischl, PhD, Evaluation Director at MI-YVPC and the Prevention Research Center of Michigan, recently spoke to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners in support of funding for the Land Bank’s property maintenance programs.  His remarks are posted below:  Both violent crime and property crimes are …