Boston’s miracle: how free nappies and a little mentoring are curbing crime

The dramatic success of an initiative designed to forestall violence in US cities is gaining worldwide attention

Stacy Spell is trying to save lives. The 20-odd youngsters ranged in a semicircle in front of him are healthy enough. But most are on a path towards early death.

“If any one of you drops a body, your whole group will be targeted,” Spell booms, pacing the room like a public defender in a courtroom. “Even if you weren’t there, we will come after you.”

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