March 30, 2012 — The White House announced today that the Second National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention will be held in Washington, DC on April 2-3, 2012. The director of the Research and Evaluation Center, Jeffrey Butts, will be speaking to the conference as part of an agenda that includes addresses by Attorney General Holder, Secretary Duncan from the Department of Education, Secretary Sibelius of the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Donovan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Valerie Jarrett from the White House, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, and the Mayors of the six cities currently participating in the Forum: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Salinas, and San Jose.  

In October 2011, the director of the Research and Evaluation Center, Dr. Jeffrey Butts, was named to the juvenile justice subcommittee of the federal Office of Justice Program’s Science Advisory Board. Other members include Drs. Mark Lipsey (Chair), Edward Mulvey, Linda Teplin, David Finkelhor, and Judge Ted McKee.

The Center’s report on juvenile justice reform was recently cited by editorials in the New York Times (09-20-2011).

In September 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a $1 million grant to REC to evaluate the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s $8.6 million Community-Based Violence Prevention demonstration program (CBVP). Researchers from Temple University will work with the REC on the project.