Research and Evaluation Support for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

In 2017, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) engaged the assistance of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (JohnJayREC) to support two initiatives focused on the safety and well-being of New York City neighborhoods. The initiatives are supported by contracts between the New York City government and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York (RF-CUNY), fiscal agent for research projects housed at CUNY campuses, including John Jay College.

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Photo from “The Trace.”

The Research and Evaluation Center is helping MOCJ to carry out an evaluation of Project Fast Track, a mayoral initiative announced in January 2016. The project is designed to drive down levels of gun violence in New York City through a targeted, system-wide focus on individuals involved in firearm violence. Researchers at John Jay College are measuring the implementation of the strategy and analyzing its effects on policing, court operations and overall community safety.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Shola Olatoye, Chair, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), meet with NYCHA residents in 2016, Leticia Barboza/NYCHA. Photo from Medium.

JohnJayREC is also assisting MOCJ with the implementation and evaluation of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP), a comprehensive mayoral initiative designed to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer in and around 15 housing developments operated by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that accounted for 20 percent of all violent crime in public housing in 2014.

MAP enhances coordination between the New York City Police Department, NYCHA, City service agencies and public housing residents to address physical, economic, and social conditions to create safe and strong neighborhoods in partnership with the people who live in them by building collaborative problem-solving approaches with residents and police, expanding access to youth employment, improving the security of NYCHA buildings and related infrastructure, and creating routine and sustainable ways for residents to work with City officials to monitor and improve public safety in NYCHA developments and their surrounding neighborhoods.

Funding
$18.2 Million. Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, New York City Government. Elizabeth Glazer, Director.

JohnJayREC Staff
Jeffrey Butts (PI), Wogod Alawlaqi, Nicole Alexander, Laila Alsabahi, Rebecca Balletto, Kwan-Lamar Blount-Hill, Patricia Cobar, Sheyla Delgado, Richard Espinobarros, Douglas Evans, Rhoda Ramdeen, Victor St.John, Kathleen Tomberg, and Kevin Wolff (affiliated faculty).