A public conversation at NYU Wagner will look into enhancing safety in New York and other cities beyond the role of law enforcement.

Public Safety in the City

It's a paradoxical moment for criminal justice in New York City. On the one hand, contrary to national trends, NYC has experienced two decades of declining crime and incarceration rates. At the same time there is a growing sense that safety is more than the absence of crime and that further reductions can only be obtained by increasing fairness and reducing racial disparities.  

What is the future of criminal justice in New York? How does the city become even safer after the big declines? How can neighborhoods produce local safety without police? Experience suggests that safe neighborhoods are characterized not by a significant police presence, but by strong civic institutions and organic networks of family, friends, and neighbors. How can neighborhoods play a positive role in producing safety, without relying on law enforcement?

Please join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. for a panel discussion on "Safety in the 21st Century City" moderated by David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, and sponsored jointly by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and by NYU Wagner.

The event is free and open to the public. Media coverage is invited: Register here to attend.

Panelists: Eric Klinenberg, Affiliated Faculty, NYU Wagner and Professor of Sociology, NYU Department of Sociology; Pat Sharkey, Associated Professor of Public Service, NYU Wagner and Professor, NYU Department of Sociology; and Eric Cumberbatch, Executive Director of the Office to Prevent Gun Violence, NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice.

Location: NYU Wagner, The Puck Building - 295 Lafayette Street (at the corner of Houston Street), The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y.

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