The New ‘Superpredator’ Myth

by Alex S. Vitale March 23, 2018 -- read the original The criminologist John DiIulio sparked a panic in 1995 when he predicted there would be an explosion of juvenile superpredators in the coming years, resulting in widespread violence. His baseless theory was wrong; youth crime has fallen dramatically ever since. ... Instead of doubling … Continue reading The New ‘Superpredator’ Myth

The Recidivism Trap

Rather than asking “what’s the recidivism rate?” we should ask an entirely different set of questions about justice interventions. Are we really helping people convicted of crimes to form better relationships with their families and their law-abiding friends? Are we helping them to advance their educational goals? Are they more likely to develop the skills and abilities required for stable employment? Are we helping them to respect others and to participate positively in the civic and cultural life of their communities?

‘Interrupters’ Peek at Social Media to Stop Street Violence

by Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) January 21, 2018  --  read original story In one Facebook post, two teenage boys posed in a photo with handguns on each of their laps. In another, a group of young men threatened to attack another man whom they believed had cooperated with detectives investigating a string of robberies. In each … Continue reading ‘Interrupters’ Peek at Social Media to Stop Street Violence

Prison Experts See Opportunity, Problems with Walker Plan

Juvenile justice experts cautioned Friday that while they see promise in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's dramatic plan to convert the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison into an adult facility, its success largely depends on how well the changes are implemented.

Wisconsin Juvenile Prisons Struggle to Change Course

Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, said the Wisconsin prisons’ problems come from poor management. Staff who argue they need things like pepper spray, solitary confinement and shackles are saying “our culture within the facility has become so … Continue reading Wisconsin Juvenile Prisons Struggle to Change Course

‘Interrupters’ Help Reduce Violence in New York City

Cure Violence in New York City

Community members in Cure Violence program try to defuse disputes before they escalate By Zolan Kanno-Youngs (@KannoYoungs) Wall Street Journal October 2, 2017 They have prior criminal records but now aim to resolve neighborhood conflicts before they turn violent. They walk neighborhood streets on a daily basis and use their connections to resolve disputes before … Continue reading ‘Interrupters’ Help Reduce Violence in New York City

Feds Say One of Chicago’s Last ‘Violence Interrupters’ Was Really a Gang Leader

Francisco Sanchez said his days as a gang leader on Chicago’s West Side were over. At 50, he said he had seen numerous lives ruined by violence — young people losing the best years of their lives to prison; children left without parents in the name of petty disputes and turf wars. That’s why he became something else: a leader in an organization committed to ending gun violence.

New York City Embraces a Gun Violence Outreach Program Left on Life Support in Chicago

Cure Violence is expanding in the five boroughs February 9, 2017 by Ann Givens [ read the original at The Trace ] Two years ago, the Illinois legislature slashed funding for Cure Violence, a neighborhood-level violence-intervention program in Chicago that some researchers and community leaders had credited with easing tensions between rival gangs, and helping … Continue reading New York City Embraces a Gun Violence Outreach Program Left on Life Support in Chicago

On Patrol With Chicago’s Last Violence Interrupters

There is a constant struggle between street-work models that favor some cooperation with police, and those that favor total detachment, said Jeffrey Butts, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who is studying the effectiveness of Cure Violence. Butts said it’s not necessary to choose one or the other.

Trump: Murder is at a 45-year High. Actual Statistics: That’s not Remotely True.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, the murder rate was 4.9 per 100,000 people in 2015, the latest year of data available. That is an 11 percent increase from 2014. But it is lower than it was in 1970, 45 years before, when the murder rate was 7.9.

Treating Young Offenders Like Adults Is Bad Parenting

As one state wrestles with the effects of trying juvenile defendants in adult courts, others reconsider the practice. JULEYKA LANTIGUA-WILLIAMS The Atlantic September 9, 2016 In 2000, voters in California approved Proposition 21, a ballot measure that, among other things, gave district attorneys the right to “direct file” juvenile offenders who committed felonies and other … Continue reading Treating Young Offenders Like Adults Is Bad Parenting

Judge’s Football Team Loses, Juvenile Sentences Go Up

No, seriously. EMILY DERUY -- The Atlantic September 7, 2016 Kids who are sentenced by college-football-loving judges who are disappointed after unexpected team losses are finding themselves behind bars for longer than kids who are sentenced after wins or predicted losses. That’s the gist of a new working paper by a pair of economists at … Continue reading Judge’s Football Team Loses, Juvenile Sentences Go Up