Milestones

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2017

October 2017 — The research team at JohnJayREC received a grant of $125,000 from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to analyze patterns of juvenile justice reform and to assess the correlation between reforms and juvenile confinement practices.

September 2017 — The Annie E. Casey Foundation awarded JohnJayREC a grant of $110,000 to assist with an effort to examine various issues involved in the youth justice system’s use of risk assessments.

May 2017 — JohnJayREC received contracts totaling $18M to assist the New York Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice with projects focused on improving public safety in New York City.

2016

June 2016 — Center director, Jeff Butts, discussed the evaluation of Cure Violence at a community roundtable organized by the National Academies of Sciences.

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Pamela Ruiz

June 2016 — Pam Ruiz, a graduate research fellow in the Research and Evaluation Center and Ph.D. student at John Jay College/Graduate Center, CUNY received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to El Salvador in Sociology with a focus in criminal justice from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Pam will be conducting research at the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios as part of her project to Understand Crime Patterns in El Salvador through Spatial Analysis. The project involves a spatial-temporal analysis of homicides in El Salvador.

2015

November 2015 — Jeffrey Butts and Sheyla Delgado participated in an international seminar on youth justice in Santiago de Chile. The seminar was organized by SENAME, the national government’s juvenile justice and children’s services agency.
[see photos of their trip in a PowerPoint show file].

September 2015 — The City Council of New York City informed the Research & Evaluation Center that it would be supporting a fourth year of evaluation and assessment activities on the Council’s gun violence reduction efforts. The $250,000 grant supports a project led by principal investigator, Jeffrey Butts, and project director, Sheyla Delgado.

June 2015 — The U.S. Attorney General appointed Center director, Jeffrey Butts, to the Science Advisory Board for DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs.

May 2015 — The stats are in: During April 2015, our websites had a total of 2,154 unique visitors.

May 2015 — Graduate Research Fellow, Shun “Andy” Feng, was awarded a Law & Justice Fellowship to work with the Committee on Law and Justice at the National Academies in Washington, DC during the summer of 2015.

April 2015 — Jeffrey Butts delivered a class lecture at Harvard Law School as part of the series on the Art of Social Change.

January 2015 — Center director, Jeffrey Butts, was interviewed by CBS News for national broadcast on CBS This Morning.

2014

October 2014 — The Research & Evaluation Center is the new editorial home of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency (JRCD). Journal operations are moving to the Center, where journal editor Professor Michael Maxfield is a Faculty Research Fellow. Chunrye Kim, Graduate Research Fellow in the Center becomes the Managing Editor of JRCD.

September 2014 — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, NJ awarded a grant of $120,000 to supplement the Research & Evaluation Center’s evaluation of the Cure Violence model of gun violence reduction. The grant will enable the Center to collect additional comparison data in New York City which will strengthen the design of the study.

July 2014 — The City Council of New York City informed the Research & Evaluation Center that it would be supporting a third year of evaluation and assessment activities related to the Council’s gun violence reduction efforts in New York neighborhoods. The $250,000 grant will support the project that is led by principal investigator, Jeffrey Butts, and project director, Sheyla Delgado.

July 2014 — The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services announced that it awarded a $200,000 contract to John Jay College and the Research & Evaluation Center to conduct fidelity assessments of alternative to incarceration programs in the New York City region. Researchers will conduct rigorous assessments of more than three dozen programs to assess their adherence to standards of evidence-based practice principles. The project will be led by faculty research fellow Dr. Deborah Koetzle, head of the John Jay doctoral program, and Dr. Douglas Evans, project director in the Research & Evaluation Center.

February 2014 — Center Director Jeffrey Butts addressed a White House meeting of the Interagency Youth Violence Prevention Steering Committee, hosted by the Domestic Policy Council. 

January 2014 — The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, NJ announced that it was awarding a grant of nearly $3 million to the Research & Evaluation Center to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the Cure Violence model of gun violence reduction. The Research & Evaluation Center is working with the Center for Court Innovation in New York to launch new program sites in New York City and then study the key components of the Cure Violence model as well as outcomes measured at the group and community level, comparing neighborhoods with and without Cure Violence programs. Read the News Release from John Jay College.

2013

September 2013 — The U.S. Department of Justice awarded a grant of $190,000 to the Research & Evaluation Center as support for the Center’s efforts to assist the ten cities involved in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention to generate information about local crime trends.

August 27, 2013 –At the invitation of the White House Domestic Policy Council, the director of the Research & Evaluation Center spoke in a breakout session at the White House forum, “50 Years Forward: Building Ladders of Opportunity,” addressing the topic of gun violence and the role of public safety in economic development and equal justice.

2012

November 2012 — The Research & Evaluation Center received a grant of $15,000 from the Pinkerton Foundation of New York City to support the project, “Assessing ‘Close to Home’ in New York City.” When added to the funds already received from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the new grant will allow the Center to complete its effort to track the implementation and outcome of ongoing efforts to reform the youth justice system in New York City and New York State.

August 2012 –The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation awarded a generous grant to the Research and Evaluation Center for an assessment of New York’s “Close to Homeinitiative, which will divert youthful offenders from state correctional facilities and shift interventions to city-operated programs.

April 4, 2012 — The Pinkerton Foundation of New York City launched the Pinkerton Fellows Initiative at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A collaborative effort of John Jay’s Prisoner Reentry Center and the Research and Evaluation Center, the Pinkerton initiative is supported by a first-year grant of $422,143 and it is designed to draw upon the talent and expertise of students, faculty and staff in supporting the operations and analytic capacity of participating community-based organizations serving justice-involved youth in New York City. The Research and Evaluation Center will oversee four graduate students as Pinkerton Research Fellows.

March 30, 2012 — The White House announced today that the Second National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention will be held in Washington, DC on April 2-3, 2012. The director of the Research and Evaluation Center, Jeffrey Butts, will be speaking to the conference as part of an agenda that includes addresses by Attorney General Holder, Secretary Duncan from the Department of Education, Secretary Sibelius of the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Donovan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Valerie Jarrett from the White House, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, and the Mayors of the six cities currently participating in the Forum: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Salinas, and San Jose.

January 2012 — The director of the Research & Evaluation Center was quoted by the Center for New York City Affairs in an online article about the dramatic changes to New York juvenile justice proposed by Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg.

2011

October 2011 — The director of the Research and Evaluation Center, Dr. Jeffrey Butts, was named to the juvenile justice subcommittee of the federal Office of Justice Program’s Science Advisory Board. Other members include Drs. Mark Lipsey (Chair), Edward Mulvey, Linda Teplin, David Finkelhor, and Judge Ted McKee.

September 2011 — The Center’s report on juvenile justice reform was cited by an editorial in the New York Times.

September 1, 2011 — The Research & Evaluation Center received a grant of $375,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to expand its evaluation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Community-Based Violence Prevention demonstration program (CBVP) as well as the Center’s assessment of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

July 1, 2011 — The Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College received a pledge of $100,000 from Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. in support of the Center’s efforts to enhance the research and evaluation focus of YAP.

February 2011 — The Research & Evaluation Center received a gift of $250,000 from Susan and Jack Rudin to continue the Lewis Rudin Research Partnership program. Launched in 2005 by Dr. Nancy Jacobs, the former director of REC, the program will continue through 2015.

2010

October 2010 — The Research & Evaluation Center was selected by the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct an implementation assessment of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Funded with a $75,000 grant, the project will likely be expanded in subsequent years.

September 2010 — The U.S. Department of Justice announced a $1 million grant to the Research & Evaluation Center to evaluate the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s $8.6 million Community-Based Violence Prevention demonstration program (CBVP). Researchers from Temple University will work with the REC on the project.