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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on Law and Justice
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Recent Events

Criminal and Juvenile Justice Prosecution

Juvenile SeminarOctober 18, 2018

Participants of the seminar discussed a framework for the development of future research pertinent to the prosecution of crime and delinquency. In 2001 after convening a workshop, the Committee on Law and Justice (CLAJ) published a report on What’s Changing in Prosecution? As it has been 17 years since the National Academies undertook activities specifically addressing the prosecution of crime, this wasan appropriate time for the Committee to explore past and current research and hear from prosecutors, researchers, policy makers, and others about the needs of the field.

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Seminar on
Gender-Based Violence

Keck CenterThis seminar explored a framework for the development of future research related to gender-based violence. 

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The Criminal Justice System and Social Exclusion: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Videos of the workshop are now available

Social Exclusion

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Recent Publications

Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
The Criminal Justice System and Social Exclusion: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender

Social Exclusion WiB CoverThis new publication from the Committee on Law and Justice summarizes a workshop held April 2018 to discuss how the criminal justice system affects the fundamental status of people as members of society and to consider next steps for research, practice, and policy for the field. The workshop looked at the reasons for the disparate experiences of individuals involved with the criminal justice system by race, ethnicity, and gender, the mechanisms that cause them to persist, and what can be done through policy and practice to minimize those differences.

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Proactive Policing: Effects on Crime and Communities

Proactive PolicingLThis report reviews the evidence and discusses the data and methodological gaps on the effects of different forms of proactive policing on crime and offers a comprehensive evaluation of proactive policing that includes not only crime prevention impacts but also its broader implications for justice and U.S. communities.

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Modernizing Crime Statistics:
Report 1: Defining and Classifying Crime

Modernizing Crime Statistics1This report is the first of two reports on developing a new set of indicators of crime in the United States. This report proposes a new system for the classification of crime—an initial conceptual framework in modernizing crime statistics—based on historical and international efforts to define crime and on the diverse demands for and uses of crime data by stakeholders.

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Preventing Bullying Through Science, Policy, and Practice

Bullying Prevention coverThis new report from the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, and the Committee on Law and Justice evaluates the state of the science on biological and psychosocial consequences of bullying as well as the context, scope, and impact of the problem. The report also outlines next steps in prevention for policymakers, parents, educators, healthcare providers, and others concerned with the care of children.

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