While D.C lawmakers consider anti-crime proposals that would treat street violence like a public-health problem, there's at least one such program already in effect — and it has the blessing of D.C.'s top prosecutor.
When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem — one that affects the whole community?
In communities where violent crime is the norm, Richmond, California's Office of Neighborhood Safety takes a totally different approach from police. The city's experiments have caught the attention of D.C.'s goverment, which is troubled by a big increase in homicides.
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