Implementation and Evaluation Support for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

In 2017, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) engaged the assistance of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC) to support two initiatives focused on the safety and well-being of New York City neighborhoods. The initiatives are supported by $18M in contracts between the New York City government and the City University of New York (CUNY) and managed by the Research Foundation of CUNY (RF-CUNY), fiscal agent for all research projects housed at CUNY campuses, including John Jay College.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Shola Olatoye, former chair of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), meet with NYCHA residents in 2016. Photo from Medium.

JohnJayREC is assisting MOCJ with the implementation and evaluation of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP), a comprehensive mayoral initiative designed to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer in and around 15 housing developments operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The communities served by MAP were disproportionately affected by crime in recent years. MAP enhances coordination between the New York City Police Department, NYCHA, other City service agencies and public housing residents. Together, the partners are addressing an array of physical, economic, and social conditions to create safer and stronger neighborhoods. Various strategies are designed to build problem-solving approaches with residents and police, to expand access to youth employment, to improve the security of NYCHA buildings and related infrastructure, and to create routine and sustainable ways for residents to work with City officials on public safety. Staff members at JohnJayREC are supporting MOCJ in formulating implementation strategies and organizing the efforts of various subcontracted partners. In addition, JohnJayREC will collaborate in an evaluation of the MAP initiative.

Photo from “The Trace.”

The Research and Evaluation Center is also helping MOCJ to carry out an evaluation of Project Fast Track, a mayoral initiative announced in January 2016. The project is designed to drive down levels of gun violence in New York City through a targeted, system-wide focus on individuals involved in firearm violence. Researchers at John Jay College are measuring the implementation of the strategy and analyzing its effects on policing, court operations and overall community safety.

Read reports from the project.

$17.6 Million over 30 months.

JohnJayREC Staff
Jeffrey Butts (PI), Wogod Alawlaqi, Nicole Alexander, Justice Banks, Rebecca Balletto, Patricia Cobar, Sheyla Delgado, Richard Espinobarros, Gina Moreno, Rhoda Ramdeen, Jay Szkola, Kathleen Tomberg, Anthony Vega, and Kevin Wolff (affiliated faculty).