David Kennedy

Professor of Criminal Justice, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminology
  • Gang violence
  • Focused deterrence
  • Problem-oriented policing
  • Community policing
  • Drug markets
  • Domestic violence

Key Findings

  • In the article, “Drugs, Race and Common Ground: Reflections on the High Point Intervention,” Kennedy looks into the High Point Intervention, a successful project that led to the closing of drug markets . . MORE
  • In the book, “Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction,” Kennedy takes a close look into deterrence in the criminal justice system. MORE
  • In the book, “Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America,” Kennedy explores the inner-city crime rates in Boston. MORE
  • In the report, “What Works in Reducing Community Violence: Spotlight on Central America and Mexico,” Kennedy and his coauthors analyzed 43 reviews of more than 2,200 studies of community violence in Central America MORE


David Kennedy, Professor of Criminal Justice at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Director of the National Network for Safe Communities, is an expert in crime prevention, deterrence, problem-oriented policing, gang violence, drug markets, domestic violence, and other public safety issues.

Kennedy supports cities implementing strategic interventions to reduce violence, minimize arrest and incarceration, enhance police legitimacy, and strengthen relationships between law enforcement and communities. These interventions have been proven effective in a variety of settings by a Campbell Collaboration meta-analysis. He has won two Ford Foundation Innovations in Government awards, two Webber Seavey Awards from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Herman Goldstein International Award for Problem-Oriented Policing. He was awarded the 2011 Hatfield Scholar Award for scholarship in the public interest. He helped develop the High Point Drug Market Intervention strategy; the Justice Department’s Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative; the Treasury Department’s Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative; the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Drug Market Intervention Program; and the High Point Domestic Violence Intervention Program.

He is the author of Don’t Shoot, One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, Deterrence and Crime Prevention: Reconsidering the Prospect of Sanction and is the co-author of Beyond 911: A New Era for Policing.

Kennedy received his B.A. in philosophy and history from Swarthmore College.

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