Murder, Auto Theft Increased Statewide as Pandemic Played a Role

Murder, Auto Theft Increased Statewide as Pandemic Played a Role

"It’s absurd to suggest that a change in New York bail practices somehow led to the shooting surge we’ve seen in cities across the country, not only New York City," said Jeffrey Butts, research professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "I doubt the officials posing this explanation even believe it. It’s just an opportunity to score political points against a law they would oppose whether it was effective or not."

New York Times — A 7-Year-Old Was Accused of Rape. Is Arresting Him the Answer?

New York Times — A 7-Year-Old Was Accused of Rape. Is Arresting Him the Answer?

There appears to be little, if any, organized opposition to raising the age of delinquency. But those who resist say doing so would hamstring the legal system, according to Jeffrey A. Butts, the director of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Research and Evaluation Center. In rare cases involving a particularly dangerous child, he said, incarceration may prevent them from being a risk to others.

Baltimore Sun

Baltimore's New Curfew Takes Effect Friday Unsupervised children must be indoors as early as 9 p.m. by Yvonne Wenger and Colin Campbell August 7, 2014 Baltimore's new curfew — among the strictest in the country — takes effect Friday amid mixed reaction, with some parents saying it could help keep youths safe and experts noting [...]