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Community and the Crime Decline: The Causal Effect of Local Nonprofits on Violent Crime

By Patrick Sharkey, Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, Delaram Takyar & Campaign Zero

Study: Drawing on a panel of 264 cities spanning more than 20 years, we estimate that every 10 additional organizations focusing on crime and community life in a city with 100,000 residents leads to a 9 percent reduction in the murder rate, a 6 percent reduction in the violent crime rate, and a 4 percent reduction in the property crime rate.

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