Tuesday, July 22, 2014 

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Of Interest
CLAJ Member Spotlight

Susan SorensonFor the summer, we spotlight one of our new CLAJ members, Susan B. Sorenson, professor at the
School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania. 

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Holder Cites Findings of New Report

Holder SpeechLAt a symposium of the National Association of Attorneys General, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the new report on the growth of incarceration in the United States. Holder called it a "landmark study" that brings into sharp focus the importance of efforts to make the criminal justice system more efficient and effective.

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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.



Recent Reports
The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences

incarceration cover wBorderLThis report finds that the dramatic increases in incarceration has failed to clearly yield large crime-reduction benefits for the nation.  In addition, the growth in incarceration may have had a wide range of unwanted consequences for individuals, families, communities, and society.  The report recommends that policymakers take steps to reduce the nation's reliance on incarceration.

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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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