John Donohue

Stanford University Website

John Donohue is the C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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Reducing gun violence

Taking into account both potential implementation challenges and expected efficacy, investing in police-led targeted enforcement directed at places and persons at high risk for gun crime (e.g.,\"hot spot\" policing; gang enforcement) would reduce gun violence.

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Strongly Agree 9
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 7
Comments

Taking into account both potential implementation challenges and expected efficacy, investing in police-led focused deterrence programs (clearly communicating “carrots and sticks” to local residents identified as high risk, followed by targeted surveillance and enforcement with some community-based support for those who desist from crime) would reduce gun violence.

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Agree 5
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 6
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Taking into account both potential implementation challenges and expected efficacy, investing in purely community-led violence-interruption programs (community-based outreach workers try to mediate and prevent conflict, without police involvement) would reduce gun violence.

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Disagree 4
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Neutral/No Opinion 5
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I have a relatively low level of confidence in my opinion here, but my sense is that some of the studies suggesting these programs work are just illustrating regression to the mean after crime spikes led to their implementation.

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