“When politicians constantly use New York City as the emblem of danger and violence and they exploit that to motivate their voters, why would we be shocked that people in New York are walking around on pins and needles and afraid all the time?” said Jeffrey Butts, a professor and director of the Research and Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading How New York City Failed Jordan Neely
“It’s an international embarrassment. America is by far the most plagued civilized nation by gun violence and gun deaths,” said Jeffrey Butts, a research professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice based in New York City. Continue reading Columbus Gripped by Violence
“New York City is a very diverse place. We see people from different cultural and religious traditions every moment and we just know one another, so it’s harder for people to foment inter-group hatreds,” says Jeffrey Butts, director of the research and evaluation center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. Continue reading Gun Violence Is Actually Worse in Red States. It’s Not Even Close.
I was interviewed by Katy Tur at MSNBC about the potential police responses to recent shootings. Continue reading Katy Tur Show on MSNBC
Once largely a symbol of privilege and status, gun ownership has become a way for men to prove their masculinity, said Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading After Shootings of Young People Spark Outrage, Gun Violence Experts Decry Self-defense Laws
Jeffrey Butts was interviewed by Leena Latafat on CP24, a Canadian English-language news channel owned by Bell Media. The conversation focused on recent gun violence in the United States. Continue reading Canadian News Channel, CP24
Data showing Jordan and other Ohioans that their state is more dangerous on a per capita basis than New York City probably won’t change any minds, said Jeffrey Butts, a research professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading Ohio Murder Rates Far Higher Than NYC as State’s GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Slams City’s Crime Woes
“People hear New York and they think crime, and that’s because they’ve been trained to think that way,” said Dr. Jeffrey Butts, the director of the Research & Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. Continue reading Trump’s House GOP allies take fight to Manhattan DA’s turf
New York is statistically safer relative to its population than other places in Republican and swing states, such as Jefferson County, Ark.; Robeson County, N.C.; Montgomery County, Ala.; and Bibb County, Georgia, according to Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Continue reading G.O.P. Attacks Bragg on Crime at a Hearing in New York
The evidence we found, mostly from the FBI, shows Biden is wrong. Domestic violence calls can be deadly for officers, but not what mostly lead to their deaths while on duty. Continue reading Joe Biden says domestic violence calls prompt most police deaths; data lists likelier causes
SPECTRUM NEWS NY1February 28, 2023 After a string of shootings near schools, the police and the city are grappling with how to deal with an uptick in incidents both perpetrated by and victimizing young people. Pat Kiernan askes what it will take to make a change in this multidimensional issue. Complete recording (my comments begin at 12 minutes): Continue reading How can youth crime be fixed in the city?
“Hipotéticamente, los desafíos de enjuiciamiento introducidos por la ley estatal podrían haber contribuido al aumento de los delitos violentos, pero ese efecto no es evidente en los datos policiales de la ciudad de Nueva York”, agregó el reporte. Continue reading Reporte revela que reforma a ley de aumento a la edad de responsabilidad penal en NY no ha generado aumento en crímenes juveniles
Based on the newest police data, it does not appear correct to attribute recent increases in violence to a law that only affected youth under age 18. Continue reading Minor Role: Youth Under Age 18 and New York City Violence
According to a 2020 review by John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Cure Violence and similar models “continue to produce promising, but less than definitive evidence of program effects.” Continue reading Congress Is Investing in Alternatives to Police. Can They Work?
Jeff Butts, a sociologist at John Jay College who led a study in New York, told me that interrupter programs are fundamentally difficult to assess — it’s hard to know whether a decline in shootings in an area is due to the interrupters or to all the other factors at play. Continue reading Can Community Programs Help Slow the Rise in Violence?