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New Crime Stats Run Counter to Trump’s Dystopian View

Crime is way down in places like San Diego, Rocky Mount, N.C., and Lowell, Mass. Meanwhile, police chiefs hope to show President Trump and his new attorney general that their view of “American carnage” is a distortion of reality.

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Making Room for Justice: 2016 John Jay/H.F. Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America

Mayor Ras Baraka of Newark, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana and Judge Jed Rakoff of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York led the distinguished group of speakers at the 11th annual John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, held Feb 25-26, 2016, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

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Crime Rate Projected to Decrease Slightly from 2014

An updated analysis of crime data from the 30 largest U.S. cities shows overall crime in 2015 is projected to decrease by 5.5 percent from 2014, the Brennan Center for Justice said yesterday. Using statistics through Dec. 23, researchers reached the same conclusion as they did in the organization's November report entitled “Crime in 2015: A Preliminary Analysis”— that overall crime numbers remained about the same in 2015 as in 2014—but found slightly different percentages. As in the preliminary report, […]

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Youth Delinquency Through the Lens of Immigration

Researchers have been studying schools' role in shaping youth delinquency since at least the 1950s, but little attention has been paid to how a student's immigrant status might impact the “school-delinquency link,” according to a study published in the journal Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. The study is among recent research that explores why foreign-born youth are statistically less likely to commit crimes than native-born youth—a trend that has already been established. “Are the effects of school context on delinquency […]

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Why Immigrant Communities Have Less Crime

Do strong ties to family and neighborhood institutions explain why immigrant communities experience less crime and delinquency than communities of native-born residents? Building on previous research that determined foreign-born youth are less likely to commit violent acts, a study in the journal Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice tries to pinpoint why. Its findings are inconclusive. In “The Power of Place Revisited: Why Immigrant Communities Have Lower Levels of Adolescent Violence,” researchers used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent […]

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How the Justice System Can Transform NYC’s 'Murder Capital”

It has been a head-spinning couple of years for those of us who work in criminal justice in New York City. Not long ago, if you asked the question “who is responsible?” in criminal justice circles, most people would think you were asking about who deserves the lion's share of credit for the “New York miracle” that reduced the number of murders from a high of more than 2,200 in 1990 to less than 335 in 2013. Of course, this […]