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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).
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The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) announces partnership with with Harvard University for the second Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety
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.
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.
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.
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".
What did you do last Summer? Our students were busy in the field at Mecklenberg County Public Defender's Office, Open Society Justice Initiative, District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services, and at the National Network for Safe Communities...More
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
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From HKS Article: HKS Class sends students to Haiti, Sierra Leone
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