Senate Judiciary Committee Looks At New Strategies To Combat Violent Crime

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) chaired a hearing Wednesday to examine the rise in violent crime in cities and towns across the country, and to explore new strategies to address the growing national problem.  In March, Leahy chaired a Senate Judiciary Committee field hearing in Rutland,Vermont, a community that has developed and implemented effective programs to address a recent spike in drug-related violent crime.


Community leaders and academics will provide testimony at Wednesday’s hearing.  Witnesses include Dr. Alfred Blumstein, a professor at the H. John Heinz III School of Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University; Jeremy Travis, the President of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York; Colonel Dean Esserman, Chief of Police in Providence, Rhode Island; Reverend James Summey from the English Road Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina; and Dr. George L. Kelling, a Professor at the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers-Newark University.


Leahy’s prepared opening statement follows.  Watch the hearing live and read witness testimony online by visiting the new Senate Judiciary Committee website.


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