News & Events

PCJ Welcomes Back Summer Interns

What did you do last Summer? Our students were in the field focusing on school-to-prison pipeline and 'smart on crime' initiatives, as well as a program to reduce recidivism, a project to combat transnational organized crime; evaluating and making policy recommendations on domestic violence services; working with a nongovernmental organization focused on reinventing local governance; and a project representing inmates on death row in the post-conviction process. 

Students, let us know if you've done any criminal justice work and let us highlight your efforts!

Steven Sarao Joins HKS as New PCJ Program Fellow

Steven Sarao, a 2014 Mid-Career (MC/MPA) graduate of HKS, has joined the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) as a Program Fellow. Sarao is also assigned to the Special Projects Team, Deputy Commissioner Management Analysis and Planning for the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and brings more than twenty years of experience in the private, non-profit, and government sectors to his work with the PCJ.

Braga to Receive Award

Congratulations to PCJ's Anthony Braga on being selected as the recipient of the 2014 Joan McCord Award from the DEC/AEC, which recognizes distinguished experimental contributions to criminology and criminal justice. Award recipients must have conducted significant experimental research that in the tradition of Joan McCord has important implications for policy and practice. The award can be given to a specific randomized controlled trial or a group of experiments leading to significant policy outcomes. Past winners include Larry Sherman, Joan Petersilia, David Farrington, Denise Gottfredson, Doris MacKenzie, and David Weisburd. More about the Academy of Experimental Criminology (AEC) and the American Society of Criminology’s Division of Experimental Criminology (DEC).

PCJ in the News

Recent PCJ Events

  • Criminal Justice Lunchtime Talks (series): What Happens to Prisoners Once Released? with Bruce Western (2/14)
  • The Dubious Role of Research-Based Evidence in the Gun Debate with Philip J. Cook (11/13)

Learn more about these and other criminal justice events at HKS and Harvard

Additions to the PCJ Video Gallery

  • HKS PolicyCast - Ed Davis on Social Media’s Role after the Boston Marathon Bombings (audio)
  • Harvard Weighs in on Boston Marathon Bombing Response
  • Sustainable Court Governance: The Critical Role of Strategic Management
  • Governance: The Final Frontier 
  • Post-Gaming The Manhunt (radio)
  • Gun Policy Summit
  • Student Stories

Watch these and other videos 


Papers Available for Download


Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety (2008-2014)

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) announces partnership with with Harvard University for the second Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety 


Boston Marathon Bombing and Aftermath

  • Reports, research, and related articles reports, research, and related articles
    • Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing
    • Social Media and Police Leadership: Lessons from Boston
    • Ed Davis on Social Media's Role after the Boston Marathon Bombing

Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century (2008-2011)

  • Perspectives on State Court Leadership series, download the papers from this series and learn more about the current Executive Session 

LAPD Report - Policing Los Angeles Under a Consent Decree:  The Dynamics of Change at the LAPD

The Los Angeles Police Department is completing one of the most ambitious experiments in police reform ever attempted in an American city. After a decade of policing crises that began with the beating of Rodney King in 1991 and culminated in the Rampart police corruption scandal in 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in May 2000 that it had accumulated enough evidence to sue the City of Los Angeles over a pattern-and-practice of police misconduct. Later that year, the city government entered a "consent decree" promising to adopt scores of reform measures under the supervision of the Federal Court.

  • Download the LAPD Report Policing Los Angeles Under a Consent Decree: The Dynamics of Change at the LAPD  for download


NY State Task Force Report on Police-on-Police Shootings - Reducing Inherent Danger

Since 1981, some 26 police officers across the United States have been shot and killed by fellow police officers who have mistaken them for dangerous criminals. These fatal shootings are doubly tragic, first because both the shooters and victims in such situations are risking their lives to enforce the law and protect the public, and second because many of these deaths are preventable. The dangers that give rise to these deaths are inherent in policing, but those dangers can be reduced and more deaths prevented.

  • Download Reducing Inherent Danger:  Report of the NY State Task Force on Police-on-Police Shootings (click on icon below)  


Faculty Research Working Paper Series - A New Era for Justice Sector Reform in Haiti

Prior to the earthquake that devastated Haiti in January 2010, the nation’s judicial system was struggling to put a credible justice system in place, and there were some signs of increased police accountability, improved training for judges and reductions in deadly violence in its overcrowded prisons.


Book:  Policing Problem Places

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book, Policing Problem Places: Crime Hot Spots and Effecitve Prevention, co-authored by PCJ Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Anthony Braga. Learn more For those of you interested in further reading on this topic, Braga and Weisburd also edited a special issue of the Journal of Quantitative Criminology on "Empirical Evidence on the Relevance of Place in Criminology".


Other PCJ Updates

Bruce Wester, PCJ Faculty Chair

David T. Ellwood, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy announced the appointment of Bruce Western as Faculty Chair of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ)...continuned at PCJ News 


Photo courtesy of Natalie Black MPP 2011

From HKS Article:  HKS Class sends students to Haiti, Sierra Leone