While the Council on Criminal Justice’s findings paint an encouraging picture for the country, the director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College in New York cautioned against reading too much into them. “You can learn something by looking at city-specific trends, but don’t rush to broad conclusions based on an incomplete sample,” Jeffrey Butts said. Continue reading Violent crime is down in U.S. cities but still above pre-pandemic levels, report says
By the end of 2022, the theft of items valued at less than $1,000 had increased 53 percent since 2019 at major commercial locations, according to a new analysis of police data by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading A Tiny Number of Shoplifters Commit Thousands of New York City Thefts
Crime is a “complicated social phenomenon” with many causes, said Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. “Easy answers are popular, but they are never accurate,” he said. Continue reading USA Today — Data from big cities suggests most violent crime fell last year. It’s not the full picture, experts say.
“The things that cause crime to go up and down are largely societal, structural,” said Jeffrey Butts, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “It’s about employment, poverty rates, drug abuse, types of drug being abused, neighborhood conditions.” Continue reading NY1 — Shootings Data Show New Trends in Gun Violence
Crime Upticks September 27, 2017 JohnJayREC director, Jeffrey Butts, interviewed on WRVA NewsRadio by host Jeff Katz, discussing new crime numbers released this week by the FBI and what they say about the increases in violent crime in a number of U.S. cities. . Continue reading WRVA News Radio — Violent Crime Data from the FBI
Butts, Jeffrey A. (2012). School Crime Has Declined Sharply since the 1990s. Research and Evaluation Data Bits [2012-04]. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. After any horrific act of school violence, many parents, students, and community officials fear that schools are becoming increasingly dangerous. Yet, the most severe forms of violence remain very rare in … Continue reading School Crime Has Declined Sharply since the 1990s