Discussing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org) hosted a Google Hangout (online live chat) between the director of the R&E Center, Jeffrey Butts, and Cynthia Lum from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. The conversation covered a number of topics, including the nature of evidence-based practices, how programs or practices become evidence-based, and the forces that can make the connections between evidence and practice problematic.

CBS This Morning—Santa Barbara Shootings

CBS This Morning—Santa Barbara Shootings

Criminologist Jeffrey Butts argues that Rogers' ability to remain composed likely diminished any concern. ... "We try to protect civil liberties; we try to protect the freedoms we all enjoy while also creating a safety net or buffer for people who are in serious trouble, and we're just not very good at it."

CBS News—Missed Warning Signs in Santa Barbara

CBS News—Missed Warning Signs in Santa Barbara

Criminologist Jeffrey Butts says the system is flawed. "The problem is that law enforcement people should not be asked to do that -- to screen people and to assess whether they pose a threat to themselves or others. That should be done by a clinician of some kind."