New York Magazine — Progressives Don’t Need to Downplay Rising Homicides

Investing in policing may reduce rates of victimization. But it does so at a price not captured in any fiscal budget: the needless deaths caused by trigger-happy officers; young Black men’s routine experience of harassment, discrimination, and/or nonlethal forms of police violence, and the physical and emotional toll of those experiences. Continue reading New York Magazine — Progressives Don’t Need to Downplay Rising Homicides

Sinclair News Networks — As Cities Begin to Emerge from Pandemic, Homicide Rates Remain High

Homicide rates in many U.S. cities remained elevated through early 2021, a distressing trend that began before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and experts are still trying to determine exactly why it is happening and how long it might last. Continue reading Sinclair News Networks — As Cities Begin to Emerge from Pandemic, Homicide Rates Remain High

Reducing Gun Violence in New York City

Causal relationships are difficult to identify in complex and multi-part initiatives, but New York City’s falling rate of gun violence suggests that recent community initiatives may have helped to sustain previous gains. Continue reading Reducing Gun Violence in New York City

New York Public Radio– The Docket: The Tessa Majors Case and the State of New York’s Juvenile Justice System

The Tessa Majors case is a test for New York’s recently-enacted Raise The Age law, which barred the state from automatically prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Jeffrey Butts, who leads John Jay College’s Research and Evaluation Center, told Floyd that this is the exact kind of case that the law’s critics could use as leverage to reverse it. Continue reading New York Public Radio– The Docket: The Tessa Majors Case and the State of New York’s Juvenile Justice System

Gun Violence is not an “Urban” Problem

by Jeffrey A. Butts JohnJayREC DataBits 2018-01 (revised Jan 2020) Policy debates about gun violence focus on cities. Every year, when federal law enforcement authorities release the latest compilation of U.S. violent crime statistics, news media across the country publish stories ranking cities on the severity of violence, with some labeled as “America’s deadliest cities.” Big city mayors and police chiefs anxiously await this annual … Continue reading Gun Violence is not an “Urban” Problem

Rudin Research Partnerships

With the support of Susan and Jack Rudin, the Rudin Research Partnership program at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center allows Center staff to collaborate on research projects with the faculty of John Jay College and organizations within the justice systems of New York City and New York State. Funding will continue through 2015. Project Staff Jeffrey Butts (PI), Rhoda Ramdeen, Kathleen … Continue reading Rudin Research Partnerships