News 4 Investigates: A look at a new way of fighting violent cri -

News 4 Investigates: A look at a new way of fighting violent crime

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It is well documented that violent crime is spiking in many cities around the nation, including St. Louis and some other surrounding communities.  

But there has been a dramatic drop in homicides in East St. Louis, a city which is often perceived for having a high crime rate.  News 4 recently was granted permission to get an exclusive look at one of the programs that law enforcement officers believe may be partly responsible for the drop in violent crime.

 The program is known as "focused deterrence."  As part of the program, law officers make regular, unannounced visits to offenders convicted of violent crimes to ensure they are living up to the conditions of their parole or other court-imposed restrictions and guidelines.

 Offenders also attend sessions hosted by prosecutors, law officers and even victims of violent crime. 

Law officers believe the program is having a positive impact, but State's Attorney Brendan Kelly explains, there are still serious concerns.

The drop in murders from 2013 to 2015 is definitely encouraging, Kelly said.  Big cutbacks in police services, especially in East St. Louis could unravel it all.

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