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Crime Lab New York Will Help Promote Evidence-Based Policies to Prevent Crime, Violence

Leading researchers will provide policymakers in New York City with rigorous, objective, scientific evidence to help reduce crime, violence and the toll taken by aspects of the criminal justice system. Crime Lab New York, part of the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab, will gather experts from around the nation, spanning disciplines, to develop data-driven approaches to these fundamental societal problems. Using data provided by the city of New York and other government partners, they will identify and evaluate interventions that can be measured and replicated, to help guide the best use of public resources.

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Severely Mentally Ill Criminals: Who Goes to Prison and Who Goes to Psych Institutions?

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“We found a clear difference between people with a mental illness who are incarcerated for a crime and those declared not criminally responsible for a crime and then hospitalized at a psychiatric institution.” - Dr. Alexandre Dumais

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Mental Illness Is the Wrong Scapegoat After Mass Shootings

In the shadow of the two year anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in American history, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, an extensive new study by two Vanderbilt University researchers challenges common assumptions about gun violence and mental illness that often emerge in the aftermath of mass shootings. When a mass shooting occurs there seems to be a familiar narrative that untreated mental illness is the primary cause for the terrifying act. But a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health by Dr. Jonathan Metzl and Kenneth T. MacLeish finds that an isolated focus on mental illness is misguided.

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Use-of-Force Simulator in University Program Promotes Early Problem-Solving Under Pressure

The debate continues over whether recent police responses that resulted in citizen deaths were justified or excessive. Northern Michigan University's criminal justice program has purchased a use-of-force simulator. Such units are typically reserved for limited use in police academies or professional training. They provide realistic law enforcement scenarios designed to enhance rapid problem-solving skills. NMU's simulator will give students early and frequent exposure to some 700 potential scenarios and update/improve criminal justice education, which "has been stagnant for too long."

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Chicago Summer Jobs Program for High School Students Dramatically Reduces Youth Violence

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A public summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania. The randomized controlled trial is published in the journal Science.

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Wash U Expert: Police Body Cams Can Work if Used Properly, but Complex Racial Issues Can’t Be Solved with Gadgets

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U-M Expert Notes That in Ferguson Case, Perceptions Differ Between Whites and Blacks

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Harvard Legal Fellow/UofL Law Professor Available to Discuss What's Next in the Michael Brown Shooting Case

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Smile, You're on (Video) Camera. U-M Expert Says Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Could Have Happened Sooner

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U-M Law Expert Says Ferguson Case Is Another Example of Why Police Reform Needed

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University of Michigan law professor discuss police reforms needed in connection to the Ferguson grand jury announcement

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