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In 2007, the Los Angeles mayor’s office launched a program to respond to gang violence. A new study estimated the effect of the program on violent and property crime. The study found that violent crime dropped in areas where the program offered services, but property crime did not decline. The success of the program, which […]

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Passed in 2018, the First Step Act sought to address re-entry challenges for inmates in the federal prison system. The legislation called for developing an assessment tool to identify inmates for release who had the lowest likelihood of recidivism. A new study assessed how the tool was developed and is used, finding that a greater […]

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05/05/21-Forbes “Business leaders must do more than offer stand alone self-serving formulaic press releases. They should leverage not only condemnation of anti-Asian bigotry, but also use their brick and mortar and online locations as conduits for information on how to get assistance in the languages that victims speak. Additionally, they should inculcate the values of […]

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04/05/21-WRHU “The majority of citizens here in our nation don’t personally experience either directly, through knowing someone, or having it happen in their own community, these types of events. So, much of what people know about mass shootings comes from the media and how those stories are told,” Jaclyn Schildkraut, CJRA Expert.

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Past studies on whether incarcerated people with mental illness are more likely to be placed in solitary confinement have yielded mixed results. A new study examined the issue in one state’s prisons, taking into account factors related to incarcerated men and the facilities where they were imprisoned. It found that having a mental illness was […]

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04/02/21-MSNBC “I think that the police department agrees with that concept. And I think that even the defense attorney for officer Chauvin agrees with that concept. And that is why his defense is going to be that his action did not cause George Floyd’s death, that it was the drugs in Mr. Floyd’s system, his […]

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04/01/21-Express UK “Unfortunately, I do not believe that there will be many political ramifications, the local politicians are always eager to place the blame on the police and demand changes, more than happy to deflect from their own responsibility for changes in the oppressed and discriminated against communities,” Maria Haberfeld, CJRA Expert.

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03/10/21-The Crime Report “The study found that one percent of all of the men were placed in extended solitary confinement after 60 days. It also found that prisoners with mental illness were up to 170 percent more likely to be placed for extended periods of time in solitary, depending on their diagnosis,” Sonja Siennick, CJRA […]

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