My contributions to a discussion at Yale Law School stressed the need to build community violence prevention with credible evidence rather than progressive rhetoric. Continue reading Community Safety as a Public Health Issue: Yale Law School
The Research and Evaluation Center partnered with the National League of Cities and the Urban Institute to support the efforts of six cities as they reimagine their approach to public safety. Continue reading Municipalities Reimagining Public Safety
“Crime is constantly fluctuating,” said Dr. Jeffrey Butts, a research professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in a recent phone interview. “The numbers go up and they go down,” he said, and looking at short-term changes doesn’t reflect meaningful trends. “You never understand the history of something until you can look at it with a little bit of distance.” Continue reading Crime On The Upper West Side Over the Decades
CBS Inside EditionSeptember 28, 2022 “Everyone has a phone in their pocket; we see video, we see security video, street cameras, and it gives you the impression that it’s increasing.” Continue reading Inside Edition — “Random Acts of Violence”
The pandemic and the social unrest it caused has also played a role. Eight million Americans became first-time gun owners between 2019 and 2021, said Jeffrey Butts, director of the research and evaluation center for the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York. Continue reading ‘Devastating’: Mass Shootings Obscure Daily U.S. Gun Toll
[Jeffrey] Butts is a research professor at the John John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He said prevention efforts have focused on youth intervention and economic disparity. “That was all designed for a pre-pandemic world,” Butts said. “An erosion of civilization happened with the pandemic. It seemed like society was coming apart. People were scared.” Continue reading Bystanders in a Crowd: Main Street Shooting Among Many Similar Incidents
“I think the Supreme Court made this decision the way they usually do things, not thinking about the country or the safety of people, but some Constitutional provision that appeals to ‘the base’ …” Continue reading Growing Risk of Gun Violence — Interviewed on the “Newsy” streaming site
Between 2008 and 2014, 21 of 33 states with sufficient gun violence data showed equal or greater gun violence in rural areas compared with large metro areas, according to an analysis from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice — even in favoured GOP punching bags like Californa and Illinois. Continue reading Republicans Insist Most Gun Violence Happens in Democratic Cities – The Figures Tell a Different Story
Panel discussion about gun violence, organized by the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium at Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York. My opening statement in the first video is just under 9 minutes. The full panel is 1 hour. Continue reading Opening statement in a panel discussion.
Jeffrey A. Butts, director of research at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and one of the authors of a recent review of community intervention programs, cautioned against drawing easy conclusions about the effectiveness of such intervention. Continue reading Gun Violence Leads Community Groups to Take Bolder Action
Gun violence is a massive problem in American communities. And after decades of failed policies, some community members are taking matters in their own hands and working as violence interrupters. In this episode of Beyond Black History Month, we meet members of Save Our Streets, or SOS. We find out how some of the same people who once caused neighborhood violence are dedicating their lives to stopping it. Continue reading Podcast — Are violence interrupters more effective than police?
“If it’s so easy to get guns, you can’t just pass a law at the State level. You have to change the demand for guns…” Continue reading Interview About Gun Violence Prevention
When predicting urban gun violence trends, academics also underscore the strong connection between gun violence and racial and economic segregation. Continue reading Massachusetts’ Restrictive Gun Laws are Working. The Supreme Court May Have Just Upended That.
“We can’t get to the point where we think this level of violence is normal and just grow to accept it. We have to continue to try to push down the numbers.” Continue reading Is America Seeing a Surge in Violent Crime?
[T]he science of preventing mass shootings isn’t as developed as it is for everyday violence prevention, said Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. Continue reading We’re Missing the Real Gun Violence Epidemic