The initiative is aimed at filling the gap in federal funding, participants in the American Society of Criminology conference in Atlanta were told. Meanwhile, a researcher told the conference that her own study suggests that many youths in marginalized communities carry guns as a “logical” choice for self-protection.
Civil rights leader and former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young’s “distinguished contributions to justice” were cited by American Society of Criminology president Karen Heimer in giving him the Presidential Justice Award.
A study of elderly prisoners released under a 2012 Maryland court ruling demonstrates that releasing aging inmates on compassionate or geriatric grounds poses a “low risk” to society, says the Justice Policy Institute.
Many school districts are spending money on fortifying school buildings at the expense of hiring counselors and psychologists, University of Virginia Prof. Dewey Cornell tells criminologists. He urges more emphasis on prevention.
The new agency created by three Washington DC organizations is designed to collect and promote research on victims. Congressional staff members handling justice issues want more than anecdotes about victims, asking, “Where are the data?”
A West Virginia researcher calls them “prisoners of fate” and argues that “Family Impact Statements” assessing the health and psychological effect of a parent’s imprisonment should be mandatory in pre-sentencing reports.
The first comprehensive survey of California gun owners in over 40 years also found that roughly 25 percent of California adults live in households that possess at least one firearm. Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom has promised to “raise the bar” on gun control.
Noting the flood of anxious tweets and the creation of a tongue-in-cheek protective bubble by TV host Jimmy Kimmel, after Justice Ginsburg was hospitalized last week, BBC observed that “half of America panics when this woman falls ill.”
The “public health” approach to preventing gun violence won’t reduce the high levels of shootings seen in many neighborhoods around the U.S. unless traditional policing is strengthened, according to two leading criminologists.