The Boston Gun Project: Impact Evaluation and Findings

This impact evaluation focused on four key questions with respect to “Operation Ceasefire” in Boston:: 1) Were there significant reductions in youth homicides and other indicators of nonfatal serious gun violence associated with the implementation of Operation Ceasefire in Boston; 2)Did the timing of Boston’s significant reduction in youth homicide coincide with the implementation of Operation Ceasefire? 3) Were other factors responsible for Boston’s reduction in youth homicide?; 4) Was Boston’s significant youth homicide reduction distinct relative to youth homicide trends in other major U.S. and New England cities?

Anthony Braga et al.
U.S. National Institute of Justice, 2000


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