Violent crime in the United States: Focus, prevention and legitimacy



18 April 2018


Law School Foyer


Public forum



Following the recent March for Our Lives, gun violence is front and centre in America’s law and order debate. Join us at our upcoming event in collaboration with the National Network for Safe Communities looking at how cities implement strategies to reduce violence, improve public safety and minimise arrest and incarceration. Can certain interventions improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves?

Professor David Kennedy is the Director of the US National Network for Safe Communities at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and Rachel Locke is its Director of International Interventions. They joined United States Studies Centre’s senior lecturer in American politics, Dr David Smith, to discuss how an integrated strategy that narrows in on the specific drivers of violence can keep communities safe, lower homicides and address drug markets.


  • Associate Professor David Smith
    Associate Professor David Smith
    Associate Professor in American Politics and Foreign Policy, United States Studies Centre (jointly appointed with the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Sydney)

    David Smith is jointly appointed between the US Studies Centre and the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. His research examines political relations between states and minorities, with a focus on religion in the US. His book Religious Persecution and Political Order in the United States was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.