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Safe Streets' successes and side effects

Safe Streets' successes and side effects

In 2010, Baltimore shut down two of its Safe Streets violence intervention programs after federal authorities tied them to gang activity. The city was unable to substantiate the reports and started them back up. One of the Safe Streets locations in West Baltimore was shut down three years later after two of its workers were arrested. And now, an East Baltimore Safe Streets office has been suspended after police found a stash of guns and drugs there and arrested two more workers. It would be easy to be outraged by these failings and to condemn the program, except for one thing: When it comes to stopping shootings and killings, Safe Streets works. It works in Chicago, it works in Los...