Friday, August 29, 2014 

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Upcoming Events
The Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration in the United States

September 24, 2014
(4:00 p.m.)

Location: Brown University
Watson Institute for International Studies
Providence, RI

Four members of the committee who wrote the report will discuss its finding and comment on their implications.

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CLAJ Member receives the Stockholm Prize in Criminology

This award given to CLAJ member Daniel S. Nagin, Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University, recognizes the research that has helped to re-shape the use of prison and community corrections based on evidence of what works – and what doesn't.

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CLAJ Chair receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Jeremy Travis, Chair (CLAJ) and President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, received a Distinguished Achievement Award for his work in evidence-based crime policy from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy.

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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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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.

Read more  |  Download the report brief

Guide for Victim and Support Services
for Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking

The 2013 report, Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States, says that victim and support services need to be able to recognize past, ongoing, or potential victimization by commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking among the youth in their care.  Failure to do so increases the possibility that those at risk may become victims and that victims may remain vulnerable to further exploitation and abuse.  A new guide to the report summarizes information that is most relevant to individuals and organizations that provide and support services for children and adolescents.


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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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The National Academies