Criminologist David Kennedy '80: What if Criminal Justice Had a Hippocratic Oath?

In this April 2014 talk, criminiologist David Kennedy '80 explores an applied ethics of crime control. Kennedy directed the Boston Gun Project, whose "Operation Ceasefire" intervention was responsible for a more than 60 percent reduction in youth homicide victimization and won the Ford Foundation Innovations in Government award. He is the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, spends much of his time meeting with communities around the country on how to effectively address gun violence. He is also the author, among other titles, of the wellreceived memoir, Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America (2011). In 2011, Kennedy received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Swarthmore.