KABC Talk Radio – Los Angeles

Los Angeles, November 26, 2013 A state legislator in New York is proposing a 25-year sentence on kids who sucker punch people in what law enforcement is calling the knockout game. Some law enforcement officials believe these attacks are part of a disturbing trend known as "The Knockout Game," in which perpetrators pummel innocent, unsuspecting … Continue reading KABC Talk Radio – Los Angeles

A Look At The “Knockout Game” And Media Responsibility

November 26, 2013 - 7:00 a.m. (CST) A growing number of stories involving teens punching random people, knocking them unconscious, are being reported across the country.  Joy Cardin’s guest criminologist discusses the “Knockout Game,” why he says the media is reacting “hysterically” to the matter, and what can be done about it.

Is the News Media Over-Hyping “The Knockout Game?”

WNYC - Brian Lehrer Show November 21, 2013. ... "The Knockout Game" is a phenomenon where teens assault strangers by trying to knock them out with one punch. Is this a new trend? Is the media making it worse? Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at CUNY … Continue reading Is the News Media Over-Hyping “The Knockout Game?”

Special Report: A Look Inside Moriah Shock Prison

by Natasha Haverty North Country Public Radio September 28, 2012 Even critics of [shock incarceration] agree that this kind of commitment among the staff is valuable. Jeffrey Butts directs the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College. Butts says that if the only contribution of this program is to make the staff focus on structure, and … Continue reading Special Report: A Look Inside Moriah Shock Prison

National Public Radio, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

"Where We Live," a live talk show on WNPR, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network July 3, 2012 Today, we will talk to Laura Saunders, a child and adolescent psychologist from Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living. She’ll tell us how violence affects the development of both children and their families. We’ll also talk with Jeffrey Butts, a researcher at John Jay … Continue reading National Public Radio, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

Youth Courts and the Value of a Jury of Their Peers

WHYY Philadelphia / "Radio Times" Research shows that young people who participate in youth court or teen court programs may have lower rates of recidivism. Adults involved in the programs attribute much of their success to the influence of positive peer pressure and the value of giving young people a voice in the process. Joining … Continue reading Youth Courts and the Value of a Jury of Their Peers

New Study Examines Alternatives to Juvenile Detention

Chicago Public Radio September 26, 2007 The number of kids sent to youth prison from Cook County declined dramatically between 1997 and 2004. According to a new report out today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, that’s thanks to a cluster of reforms that divert youth away from pretrial detention and into more community-oriented forms of … Continue reading New Study Examines Alternatives to Juvenile Detention

Crime and the Gap Between Rich and Poor

by Steve Henn June 4, 2007 The FBI says violent crime rates are rising. The increase is occurring as the gap between rich and poor is the widest its been since World War II. Steve Henn looked into whether expanding economic inequality could be causing crime to increase. ...  But Criminologists say in some ways, … Continue reading Crime and the Gap Between Rich and Poor

Have Girls Really Grown More Violent?

by Jon Hamilton All Things Considered. August 5, 2003. [T]here's been only a small increase in girls who commit an assault that involves a weapon or causes a serious injury. Jeffrey Butts of the Urban Institute says these facts challenge the idea that a change in girls' behavior is the major reason for the rise … Continue reading Have Girls Really Grown More Violent?

Neighborhood Crime

by Noah Adams All Things Considered May 11, 2000 Noah [Adams] talks with Jeffrey Butts, a juvenile crime specialist at the Urban Institute about ways to combat the cycles of crime and violence found in places like the public housing neighborhoods in Baltimore. Butts says one approach is to focus on place rather than person. … Continue reading Neighborhood Crime