Catching up with Science: A Forum on Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System

A forum co-hosted by the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research & Evaluation Center. Video highlights July 15, 2015 Justice-involved young adults in the transition between adolescence and fully mature adulthood have been increasingly recognized as a unique population in need of special policies, programs and practices to reduce their incarceration and collateral system consequences and improve their outcomes. In Catching up with Science, national and local experts, including Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, will discuss why this is a population in need of special attention, what New York…

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Cure Violence Model in New York City

Butts, Jeffrey A. and Sheyla Delgado (2014). Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Cure Violence Model in New York City. New York, NY: Research & Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the City Council of New York City, the Research and Evaluation Center is evaluating the effectiveness of the “Cure Violence” model of violence reduction. The evaluation team is studying the key components of the Cure Violence model, the procedures used to implement the model, and the effectiveness of the model in reducing pro-violent social norms among high-risk communities…

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Discussing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange ( hosted a Google Hangout (online live chat) between the director of the Research & Evaluation Center, Jeffrey Butts, and Cynthia Lum from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. The conversation covered a number of topics, including the nature of evidence-based practices, how programs or practices become evidence-based, and forces that often complicate the connections between evidence and practice. Who Chooses the Evidence Base?