Evaluating the Cure Violence Model in New York City

Evaluating the Cure Violence Model in New York City

Discussion at a community roundtable organized by the National Academies of Sciences. Also, Jeffrey Butts and Daniel Webster respond to audience questions following the discussion. https://youtu.be/IkCFHIlhkiA&rel=0 Read more about the products of the evaluation.

Durable Collaborations

Durable Collaborations

This study suggests that the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention provides meaningful assistance to cities. The organizational networks involved in the National Forum appear to be moving in positive directions and the individuals involved in those networks report high levels of confidence that they are making a difference.

Criminal Justice and the Young

Criminal Justice and the Young

  To the Editor: “Don’t Treat Young Adults as Teenagers,” by Laurence Steinberg, Thomas Grisso, Elizabeth S. Scott and Richard J. Bonnie (Sunday Review, May 1), opposes a positive trend in justice policy. The writers — all accomplished scholars — support the 19th-century idea that legal distinctions between children and adults may be determined using [...]

Testimony to the New York City Council

Testimony to the New York City Council

Reducing delinquency and youth violence among justice-involved young people is a complicated business. Public safety is best protected when youth justice providers work with young people in their own communities, and when the efforts of courts and children’s services are coordinated with prevention agencies, schools, social services, neighborhood organizations, and faith-based groups.

Reclaiming Futures and Organizing Justice for Drug-Using Youth

Reclaiming Futures and Organizing Justice for Drug-Using Youth

Reclaiming Futures assumes that positive youth outcomes are achieved when service delivery systems are closely coordinated and provide just the right amount of individualized help with the least possible amount of coercion.

Tallahassee Democrat

Tallahassee Democrat

Data does not support state attorneys’ argument by Jeffrey Butts January 21, 2016 ... No credible study ever located the source of the crime drop in the power of prosecutors to send youth to adult courts and adult prisons. There is just no compelling evidence to suggest that prosecutors may rightfully claim the credit for [...]

Gainesville Sun

Gainesville Sun

Prosecutorial power unrelated to drop in crime By Jeffrey Butts Special to The Sun ... State Attorney offices in Leon County and Alachua County recently claimed that prosecutorial discretion to decide which children are tried as adults has led to Florida enjoying “the lowest crime rate we have had in 44 years.” The Leon County state [...]

Cursing the Darkness

Cursing the Darkness

  Jeffrey A. Butts October 18, 2015 Researching the effectiveness of social policies is like pointing a flashlight inside a dark room. You can can only see what passes through the beam of light. Depending on the size of the room and the power of the beam, you may learn relatively little about the entire [...]

Stargate Theatre Company

Stargate Theatre Company

Stargate Theatre Company began in 2013 as a theatre-making, workforce readiness, and literacy project for justice-involved youth. For seven weeks each summer, a small group of young men meets at least four days per week to write, rehearse and perform a collaboratively crafted play in an Off-Broadway venue in New York City.