Crime & Punishment

a discussion project of the Interactivity Foundation

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Focused Deterrence: David M. Kennedy to speak in Madison

David M. Kennedy, author of Don’t Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America, and the director for the Center for Crime Prevention and Control, will be appearing in Madison October 3rd and 4th.

After a fair amount of sleuthing and reading between typos and incomplete information in 3 different announcements, I think his appearance schedule will be as follows:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at 1:30 pm, he will be meeting with members of the Madison police department’s “Special Investigations Unit program” at the Monona Terrace Lecture Hall. This seems like more of a closed door meeting re specifics of Madison’s program, but there is probably room for some public as well. Disregard the 1st sentence of Chief Noble Wray’s August 9th announcement that refers to the Notification meeting as October 4th.
  • Thursday, Oct 4th at 1 p.m., Kennedy will be speaking at the Mitby Theatre on the Truax Campus of MATC. I think this event is geared more toward students and the general public. Disregard the information on the MATC website for Mitby Theatre that indicates the date as October 3rd (I just spoke with MATC and they acknowledge that this is in error; the correct date is October 4th), and disregard any flyer referring to the “Truax Theatre”—there is no such place (well, there is, but it’s in Oceanside, CA). There is however a “Mitby Theatre” on the Truax campus of the Madison Area Technical College and that seems to be where he will be appearing.

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The Perfect Non-Crime

Does it infringe on our freedom to make it impossible to commit crimes?

Pete:  I’m not sure that this op-ed piece actually contributes that much (and rides on a certain sensationalism about the topic), but I suppose it does raise awareness and offers at least one construct.