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Roundtable on Crime Trends
Meeting # 3

April 29, 2014
Keck Center, Room 101
500 Fifth Street, NW
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PoliceShieldLThe goal of the third meeting of the Roundtable on Understanding Crime Trends in the United States is to understand how, and to what extent, the criminal justice system has influenced crime trends over the last two decades. The inquiry is two-fold: (1) Which institutions or practices make a difference (i.e., reduce crime and/or have criminogenic effects)? (2) What is the current or potential impact of those effects on changes over time in aggregate crime rates? The discussions during the meeting are expected to set the stage for one or more published papers on this topic.

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Public Briefing
The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences

April 30, 2014  |  2:30 p.m.
Pew Conference Center
Carolinas Room
901 E St., NW
Washington, DC (map)

Incarceration coverLJeremy Travis, chair of the committee and president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Bruce Western, vice chair of the committee and professor of sociology at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government will provide an overview of the report and its findings.

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Committee on a Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice Reform
Meeting # 3

March 26-27, 2014
Keck Center, Room 201
500 Fifth Street, NW

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On March 26-27 the Committee on a Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform, under the direction of the Committee on Law and Justice(CLAJ), held its third meeting. The committee heard practitioner’s perspectives on the Federal Role in Reforming the Nation's Juvenile Justice System. There was also inputs from state assembly leaders who have lead reform as well as state judges. The committee also saw presentations on racial and ethnic disparities and on data collection.

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DBASSE Reports Related to Gun Violence and Schools

A 2005 report from the Committee on Law and Justice, Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review, found that there is scant evidence about the effectiveness of current measures to prevent and control gun violence and outlined a comprehensive research program.  In 2003, the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and CLAJ studied youth violence in schools: Deadly Lessons: Understanding Lethal School Violence.



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Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States

How can professionals like business owners, doctors, and judges work to confront commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors in their communities?  Check out the new infographic below based on a new report, Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking Infographic

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Health and Incarceration:
A Workshop Summary

Workshop on Health and IncarcerationThis report from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine is a summary of a workshop held in December 2012 that explored questions about the adequacy of healthcare available for those entering and exiting U.S. prisons and jails and the consequences for both individuals and the public health in their communities when they are released. 

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Priorities for a Public Health Research Agenda to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence

Gun Violence report coverA new report from the Institute of  Medicine and National Research Council proposes priorities for a research agenda to improve understanding of the public health aspects of gun-related violence. To view the report and issue brief:
Report Brief.

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Reforming Juvenile Justice

juvenile justice report coverThe science of adolescent development should be at the forefront of systemwide juvenile justice reform efforts, from arrested detention to legal proceedings and interventions, says the report Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach.



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