A Road Map to Prevention

The best way to reduce recidivism is through rehabilitation--not of prisoners but of the neighborhoods that produce them


A member of the Blood gang poses with his three guns at his home in the projects of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York on January 4, 2007.

If you have ever wondered just how hard it is for kids from broken neighborhoods to avoid prison, a glance at data compiled by the Justice Mapping Center gives an easy answer: it's even harder than you might think.

While crime is up around the nation and spread out across cities in a broad pattern, the majority of people convicted of crimes come from very few and very concentrated neighborhoods, according to the center, a Brooklyn-based research group that tracks the declared residency of convicts. More than 50% of adult male inmates from New York City come from just 14 districts...

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