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"Violence in Coronet" describes violence as it appeared and was responded to in a major American city in the late 1980's. Although the case is based on real events, it has been augmented both by incorporating statistical information from other cities and by introducing some specific fictional aspects that could have happened in almost any city.

The case was developed to stimulate discussion about how America's cities might best respond to the violence that seems to be overtaking them. Thus, the case combines historical and fictional events to challenge the creativity of those responding to the problem of urban violence.

The case has been used as a group discussion piece at least twice with good results. It was first tried with a small group of experts representing the law enforcement, community policing, and public health approaches to violence prevention. It was later used as the basis for discussions among mayors, Federal officials, academics, and practitioners at the National Research Council/Kennedy School of Government 1993 conference on violence in urban America. In both instances, the case proved challenging and provocative.


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