In November 2012, the Center received a grant of $15,000 from the Pinkerton Foundation of New York City to support the project, “Assessing ‘Close to Home’ in New York City.” When added to the funds already received from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the new grant will allow the Center to complete its effort to track the implementation and outcome of ongoing efforts to reform the youth justice system in New York City and New York State.

The staff, faculty associates and graduate fellows of the Research and Evaluation Center made their mark on the 21012 annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology (ASC) in Chicago. From November 13 through November 17, the following papers and presentations were delivered by affiliates of the R&E Center.

Jeffrey Butts chaired a session, “Fostering Positive Youth Development: Reframing the Aims of Juvenile Justice,” including his presentation,”Positive What? Reframing the Goals of Juvenile Justice Interventions.” He also served as a discussant on a panel about the newly published “Report of the National Academies on Juvenile Justice Reform.”

Preeti Chauhan presented a paper, “Pathways from Child Maltreatment to Alcohol Use in Middle Adulthood: The Role of Adolescent and Young Adult Problem Behaviors and Neighborhood Characteristics” with Cathy Spatz Widom.

Michelle Cubellis co-authored a paper with Bryce Peterson, “An Analysis of the Factors Associated with Jail Misconduct: An Application of Correctional Theory.”

Sheyla Delgado presented a paper with Hung-En Sung, “Encounters between Police Officers and Undocumented Migrant Workers: A Descriptive Analysis.”

Alana Henninger presented her paper, “Effects of a Prison Nursery Program on Recidivism.”

Lila Kazemian was a co-author for two papers, “Is Canada Adopting the U.S.’ Tough-On-Crime Approach? Testing a Harbinger of Mass Incarceration,” and “The Operationalization of Anomie in a Cross-National Comparison of Homicide Rates.”

Michael Maxfield participated in a “Meet the Editors” panel to discuss the publishing process.

Jeff Mellow co-authored two papers, “A Community Justice Approach to Probation: Evaluating the NYC New Model of Probation,” and “Escapes from Custody and Violence: A Critical Analysis.”

Evan Misshula served as a co-author on the paper, “An Analysis of Recent Attempts to Protect Intellectual Property on the Internet.”

Bryce Peterson authored or co-authored four papers, “An Analysis of the Factors Associated with Jail Misconduct: An Application of Correctional Theory,” “Community-Level Influences on Social Bonds and Delinquency in South Korea,” “Social Capital and Corruption: An Examination into the Intervening Role of Rule of Law,” and “Escapes from Custody and Violence: A Critical Analysis.”

Cassandra Ramdath authored the paper, “he Safety of Our Kids: A Spatial Analysis of Juvenile Crime Surrounding Educational Facilities” and presented the poster session, “Gang-Related Homicides and Domestic Homicides in Brooklyn, NYC: A Geospatial Analysis.”

Hung-En Sung served as author or co-author on three papers, “Encounters between Police Officers and Undocumented Migrant Workers: A Descriptive Analysis,” “The Impact of Prison Deinstitutionalization on Community Treatment Services,” and “When Immigration Control Becomes a Criminal Justice and Public Health Risk: Victimization and Mental Health among Undocumented Migrant Workers.”

Sung-suk Violet Yu authored two papers, “An Examination of the Illegal Firearm Availability and Violent Crime in an Urban City,” and “Health Challenges of Recently Released Inmates and Implications for Public Health Policy.”

In August 2012, Springer publishers of New York released the book, Handbook of Survey Methodology for the Social Sciences, with a chapter co-authored by graduate research fellow, Alana Henninger, and Hung-En Sung, faculty research fellow with the Research and Evaluation Center.

In August 2012, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation awarded a generous grant to the Research and Evaluation Center for an assessment of New York’s “Close to Home” initiative, which will divert youthful offenders from state correctional facilities and shift interventions to city-operated programs.

In July 2012, the Research and Evaluation Center was featured on the Spotlight page of the Office of Sponsored Programs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

On May 7, 2012, Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center, was one of 24 John Jay employees honored at a reception hosted by the City University of New York Board of Trustees for CUNY staff and faculty who secured “major institutional grant funds during calendar year 2011.”

April 4, 2012 — The Pinkerton Foundation of New York City launched the Pinkerton Fellows Initiative at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. A collaborative effort of John Jay’s Prisoner Reentry Center and the Research and Evaluation Center, the Pinkerton initiative is supported by a first-year grant of $422,143 and it is designed to draw upon the talent and expertise of students, faculty and staff in supporting the operations and analytic capacity of participating community-based organizations serving justice-involved youth in New York City. The Research and Evaluation Center will oversee four graduate students as Pinkerton Research Fellows.

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.

February 14, 2012 — The Director of the Center was interviewed on local television news in Memphis, TN about the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

In January 2012, the director of the Research & Evaluation Center was quoted by the Center for New York City Affairs in an online article about the dramatic changes to New York juvenile justice proposed by Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg.