News & Events

Recent Announcements

  • Devah Pager Named Interim Faculty Director
  • Meet Pamela Lachman, Academic Year Fellow
  • PCJ Welcomes Back Summer Interns
  • Steven Sarao Joins HKS as New PCJ Program Fellow
  • Professor Anthony Braga to Receive Award

Read the details on our News page

PCJ in the News

Recent PCJ Events

Criminal Justice Lunchtime Talks (series):

  • Book Discussion On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City with Alice Goffman
  • Measuring Criminal Justice Reform (Ethiopia) with Bruce Western. Mila Cerecina, and Jason Wilks
  • An Overview of Executive Sessions - Policing and Community Corrections with Christine Cole and Brian Welch
  • Measuring Criminal Justice Reform with Todd Foglesong and Selen Siringil Perker
  • What Happens to Prisoners Once Released? with Bruce Western

Other PCJ Events

  • The Dubious Role of Research-Based Evidence in the Gun Debate with Philip J. Cook
  • Prison USA: The Dilemmas of Mass Incarceration (Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University

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 

on measuring criminal justice reform, but this time on measuring satisfaction with criminal justice in Ethiopia. PCJ Faculty Chair Professor Bruce Western and PCJ Fellows Mila Cerecina and Jason Wilks shaon measuring criminal justice reform, but this time on measuring satisfaction with criminal justice in Ethiopia. PCJ Faculty Chair Professor Bruce Western and PCJ Fellows Mila Cerecina and Jason Wilks sha


Photo courtesy of Natalie Black MPP 2011

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

Samples of our Research

See Research & Publications or any of the following sections to locate reports, working papers, externally published articles, as well as internal news about research conducted in the following practice areas:

  1. Managing the Boundary between Public and Private Policing New Perspectives in Policing
  2. Policing and Wrongful Convictions New Perspectives in Policing
  3. The Challenge of Policing in a Democratic Society: A Personal Journey Toward Understanding New Perspectives in Policing
  4. Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing by Leonard, Cole, Howitt, Heymann
  5. Social Media and Police Leadership: Lessons from Boston New Perspectives in Policing
  6. Surveys of the Population and Voices of the Poor Annual Indicators Conference / Justice Systems Workshop
  7. Sustainable Court Governance:  The Critical Role of Strategic Management Perspectives on State Court Leadership
  8. Governance: The Final Frontier Perspectives on State Court Leadership
  9. Maintaining Institutional Independence: Funding Sustainable State Courts During Economic Crisis Perspectives on State Court Leadership
  10. The Corner and the Crew: The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence by Braga, Hureau, Papachristos
  11. Tackling Youth Crime, Violence & Disorder: A Partnership Approach by Paterson
  12. Making Ends Meet: Connecting the UN’s Hopes for the Rule of Law with National Ambitions for Justice by Foglesong
  13. Cross-Branch Collaboration:  What Can We Learn from the Collaboration Between Courts and the Division of Youth Services in Missouri? Perspectives on State Court Leadership
  14. Police Leadership Challenges in a Changing World New Perspectives in Policing
  15. Prison Exit Samples as a Source for Indicators in Pretrial Detention
  16. Executive Sessions (all)