The history of violent crime decline in the U.S. favors Democratic Presidents.
Researching the effectiveness of social policies is like pointing a flashlight inside a dark room. You can can only see what passes through the beam of light.
All researchers want their studies to have an impact on policy and practice, but few do. It’s often the researcher’s own fault — at least in part. Here are some basic strategies for increasing the chances that your research will have an effect.
Adolescence does not end with a single birthday and it lasts well beyond the point of legal adulthood. Our science-blind courts have yet to accept this fact.
Jeffrey Butts answers 20 key questions about the U.S. juvenile justice system.
If our goal is to mitigate whatever factors are most likely to draw young people into contact with the justice system, the interventions we provide should reflect what we know about adolescents and the conditions facing young people in the United States today.
Equating the deepest end of juvenile justice with “the system” distorts the significance of whatever problems affect the youth in secure care. Young people in secure facilities represent a small proportion of the entire youthful offender population.
Interpreting the Juvenile Incarceration Drop by Jeffrey A. Butts, March 20, 2013 Juvenile Justice Information Exchange On March 17, Nate … More
As we celebrate falling incarceration numbers, those of us who work in juvenile justice should take a few moments to contemplate the true origins of the decline. We venture onto thin ice — empirically — if we conclude that incarceration is down because of changes in practice and policy.
1. use the word “jail” as a synonym for juvenile incarceration, or use the word “detention” as a synonym for … More
Transfers to adult court don’t explain drop in youth crime Jeffrey Butts, Guest Columnist April 20, 2012 The state of Florida … More
February 16, 2011 by Jeffrey A. Butts Ph.D. Gail Wasserman and her colleagues from the Center for the Promotion of … More
John Roman and Jeffrey A. Butts (2011). The Bond Market and Public Safety. Commentary. Washington, DC: Urban Institute. At least … More
Reclaiming Futures (2011). Blog: News & Information. Portland, OR: Reclaiming Futures, Portland State University. Many people believe that agencies can assess … More
Jeffrey A. Butts and Jennifer Ortiz (2011). “Teen Courts – Do They Work and Why?” New York State Bar Association … More