The annual number of people under 18 shot across the city has more than doubled since 2019, and the number of kids committing shootings is also on the rise. “Do you have an indication why it’s happening?” McNicholas asked Professor Jeffrey Butts, with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading CBS2 New York — Data shows troubling increase in number of juveniles shot across New York City
Researchers at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that between 2010 and 2020, taxpayers shelled out at least $350 million to care for survivors of gun violence. The report also says taxpayers are paying more than 70% of hospital costs, with inpatient stays for injuries averaging eight days in the study. Continue reading Scripps News — Shootings in New York City are costing taxpayers millions of dollars
CBS News’ Anne-Marie Green breaks down what the numbers show, then she and Vladimir Duthiers speak with Jeffrey Butts, Ph.D., from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, about what’s driving these numbers and related racial disparities. Continue reading CBS News — Violent Crime
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”
“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
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?
“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 NewsNation Prime — Is America Seeing a Surge in Violent Crime?
Police have announced a suspect in the Brooklyn subway shooting that left many wounded Tuesday. We discuss the implications of the apparently random gun violence with Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading WBUR Public Radio: Here & Now
“If we start to define public safety though, in terms of how much money we spend on policing, that’s the wrong approach.” Continue reading Al Jazeera — Responding to Gun Violence in New York City
Jeffrey Butts interviewed on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal program by host Bill Scanlan. Continue reading C-SPAN: Washington Journal
“If it’s just supposed to send a message to that kid and all other people that we take this seriously and we’re not going to stand for this behavior, therefore we’re punishing you, then it accomplishes that purpose.” But Butts says if the idea is to improve public safety or prevent future crime, decades of research show that is rarely the result. Continue reading NPR — Michigan School Shooter is 1 of Thousands of U.S. Juveniles Charged as Adults in 2021
Jeffrey Butts interviewed as part of a story covering the release of a new report from New Jersey Policy Perspective. Continue reading NJ Spotlight News — New Jersey PBS
Jeffrey Butts joined Yuripzy Morgan on WBAL News Radio in Baltimore, where City officials are launching new efforts to reduce community violence. Continue reading WBAL News Radio BALTIMORE
Jeffrey Butts joins Amos Gelb and LaTrina Antoine with WYRP host Tom Hall in a discussion about the effectiveness of violence interruption programs. Continue reading WYPR Midday — Do Violence Interruption Programs Work? Some Critical Perspectives
On the September 19, 2021 episode of City Watch on WBAI 99.5 FM, Host Jeff Simmons focused on gun violence prevention with guests: Erica Ford, Founder and CEO of Life Camp Inc., New York City Councilmember Adrienne Adams, and Dr. Jeffrey Butts, Research Professor and Director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading City Watch. WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City