Preliminary Survey Findings

In 2012, 2013, and 2014, the Research & Evaluation Center received funding from the New York City Council to assess the implementation of gun violence reduction initiatives in New York City neighborhoods. The project is tracking the formation and deployment of gun violence reduction strategies in five areas: South Bronx, Harlem, Jamaica (Queens), North Shore [...]

Gun Violence in New York City

Shootings in New York: 2010-2013 by Sheyla Delgado and Evan Misshula Research & Evaluation Center August 1, 2014 With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the New York City Council, the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College is conducting a program of studies known as NYC Cure. One study involves [...]


Positive Youth Justice: A Model to Support Youth April 28, 2014 by Jeffrey A. Butts, PhD, Director, Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice [read at the NCCD website] We ask youth justice systems to protect the public by preventing and reducing law violations by young people. To accomplish this mission, every [...]

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

There is More than One 'System' in Juvenile Justice by Jeffrey A. Butts, April 24, 2013 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange Mental health is one important issue in a bundle of issues affecting public understanding of juvenile crime and juvenile justice. Others in the same bundle include substance abuse, family violence, head injuries and various forms [...]

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Interpreting the Juvenile Incarceration Drop by Jeffrey A. Butts, March 20, 2013 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange On March 17, Nate Balis and Tom Woods from the Annie E. Casey Foundation responded to my JJIE opinion column from March 7 in which I cautioned that it was too soon to claim intentional reform as the cause [...]

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Are We Too Quick to Claim Credit for Falling Juvenile Incarceration Rates? by Jeffrey A. Butts, March 7, 2013 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange The youth justice field is in a celebratory mood. Last month, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Justice Policy Institute released major reports on the declining rate of juvenile incarceration in [...]

Juvenile Justice Reforms

  Evans, Douglas (2012). New John Jay College Report Looks at Juvenile Justice Reforms. Reclaiming Futures Blog: News & Information. Portland, OR: Reclaiming Futures, Portland State University. The Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice recently released a comprehensive report that discusses state juvenile justice reforms. “Pioneers of Youth Justice Reform: Achieving System Change Using Resolution, [...]

Orlando Sentinel

Jeffrey Butts, Guest Columnist April 20, 2012 -  The state of Florida transfers far more juvenile offenders to the criminal (adult) court system than any other state in the nation. In this sense at least, Florida can rightly claim to be No. 1. Florida's population is roughly half that of California's, but it transfers youths to [...]

Interim Report 1: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Butts, Jeffrey A., Kathleen Tomberg, Douglas Evans, Rhoda Ramdeen, Caterina Roman, and Caitlin Taylor (2012). Interim Report 1: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is designed to promote greater coordination and [...]

Are we Reducing Crime by Limiting the Use of Incarceration?

Reclaiming Futures (2012). Blog: News & Information. Portland, OR: Reclaiming Futures, Portland State University. When casual readers of the news media search for stories about juvenile crime and justice today, they find a lot of good news. Other than the perennial media coverage of individual crimes and victimization, an online search about juvenile justice today generates [...]

How Prevalent are Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in Juvenile Justice?

February 16, 2011 by Jeffrey A. Butts Ph.D. Gail Wasserman and her colleagues from the Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice at Columbia University published an important new study that was released just this week in Criminal Justice and Behavior: "Psychiatric Disorder, Comorbidity, and Suicidal Behavior in Juvenile Justice Youth." It [...]

The Bond Market and Public Safety

John Roman and Jeffrey A. Butts (2011). The Bond Market and Public Safety. Commentary. Washington, DC: Urban Institute. At least 40 states face swelling budget deficits. Likely targets for reductions include the discretionary social programs that protect public safety. Rather than jeopardize the public’s safety and well-being with imprudent cuts, a different and better way [...]