Study: Crime Drops When Neighborhoods Get a Makeover

A combination of hot-spot policing and a redevelopment project resulted in crime reduction by as much as 49 percent in one at-risk community. The study of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood underlines the link between community participation, improved real estate and public safety.

Criminal Case Possible in Fatal Oakland Warehouse Fire

Prosecutor Nancy O’Malley is investigating possible criminal violations in last weekend’s fire that killed dozens. Law Prof. Robert Weisberg says a property owner can be held liable if “a reasonable person under the circumstances would have realized there was some high probability of death.”

Richard Tremblay Gets Stockholm Criminology Prize

Tremblay is cited for research on predictors of violence among youth. Using the predictors to select children in Montreal for intensive support resulted in a 34 percent reduction in criminal records by age 24 compared with aggressive children not in the program. Tremblay is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatrry and Psychology at the University of Montreal.