Jeffrey A. Butts (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and an adjunct member of the doctoral faculty in the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, he was a research fellow with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, director of the Program on Youth Justice at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, and senior research associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice in Pittsburgh.
Dr. Butts has managed $37 million of research projects during his career, including $29 million since he joined John Jay College in 2010. He has worked with policymakers and justice practitioners in more than 30 states and several countries, published two books and many book chapters, dozens of monographs and reports for government agencies and foundations, as well as articles in academic and peer-reviewed journals.
Jeff began his justice career as a drug and alcohol counselor with the juvenile court in Eugene, Oregon. In 2015, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.