Jeffrey A. Butts is director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Previously he was a research fellow with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and director of the Program on Youth Justice at the Urban Institute. Jeff began his professional life in Oregon, first as a juvenile court drug and alcohol counselor in Eugene and then as a public child welfare caseworker in Portland. His research career began in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he completed a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and worked on projects at the Institute for Social Research and the Center for the Study of Youth Policy.
Jeff’s work focuses on discovering and improving policies and programs for youth involved in the justice system. He has published two books, dozens of reports for the U.S. Department of Justice and other agencies, and articles in journals such as the American Journal of Criminal Law, Crime and Delinquency, Criminal Justice Policy Review, Judicature, Law & Policy, Juvenile & Family Court Journal, and Youth & Society. His research findings and policy views have been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Miami Herald, the Economist, Christian Science Monitor, BusinessWeek, US News & World Report, Time Magazine, National Public Radio, CBS News and CNN, among others.