Jeffrey A. Butts

Jeffrey A. Butts is director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, he was a research fellow with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, director of the Program on Youth Justice at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, and senior research associate at the National Center for Juvenile Justice in Pittsburgh. Dr. Butts has managed more than $16 million of research projects and published two books, dozens of monographs and reports for government agencies and foundations, as well as articles in academic and peer-reviewed journals. He began his career as a drug abuse counselor with the juvenile court in Eugene, Oregon. He holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon, an MSW from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

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Selected Publications

Butts, Jeffrey A. and Douglas N. Evans (2014). The Second American Crime Drop: Trends in Juvenile and Youth Violence. In Juvenile Justice Sourcebook, 2nd Edition (Wesley T. Church II, David Springer, and Albert R. Roberts (Editors), pp. 61-77. New York: Oxford University Press.

Butts, Jeffrey A. and John K. Roman (2014). Line Drawing: Raising the Minimum Age of Criminal Court Jurisdiction in New York. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Butts, Jeffrey A., Caterina Roman, and Kathleen A. Tomberg (2012). Teaming up for Safer CitiesA Report from the Implementation Assessment of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Butts, Jeffrey, Douglas Evans, and Jocelyn Fontaine (2012). Reducing the Risks and Consequences of Crime Victimization in Schools. In Victims of Crime. Robert C. Davis, Arthur J. Lurigio, and Susan Herman (Editors), Fourth Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Butts, Jeffrey A., Kathleen Tomberg, Douglas Evans, Rhoda Ramdeen, Caterina Roman, and Caitlin Taylor (2012). Interim Report 1: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Jeffrey A. Butts, John K. Roman, and Jennifer Lynn-Whaley (2011). Varieties of Juvenile Court: Nonspecialized Courts, Teen Courts, Drug Courts, and Mental Health Courts, in The Oxford Handbook of Juvenile Crime and Juvenile Justice, Barry C. Feld and Donna M. Bishop (Editors). New York: Oxford Univeristy Press.

Jeffrey A. Butts and John Roman (2011). Better Research for Better Policies, in Juvenile Justice: Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice (pp. 505-526). Francine Sherman and Francine Jacobs (Editors). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Jeffrey A. Butts and Douglas N. Evans (2011). Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment: Three Strategies for Changing Juvenile Justice. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice,  City University of New York.

John K. Roman, Jeffrey A. Butts, and Caterina Roman (2011). “Evaluating Systems Change in a Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative.” Children and Youth Services Review, 33: S41-S53.

Jeffrey A. Butts (2011). Process Evaluation of the Chicago Juvenile Intervention and Support Center. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Willison, Janeen B., Daniel P. Mears, and Jeffrey A. Butts (2011). “The U.S. Juvenile Justice Policy Landscape.” In U.S. Criminal Justice Policy: A Contemporary Reader. Karim Ismaili (Editor). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning, Inc.

Jeffrey A. Butts and Jennifer Ortiz (2011). “Teen courts — Do they work and why?” New York State Bar Association Journal, 83(1): 18-21.

Jeffrey A. Butts and Daniel P. Mears (2011). Trends in American Youth Crime.” In Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice, David W. Springer and Albert R. Roberts (Editors). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.

Jeffrey A. Butts and Caterina Gouvis Roman (2010). “A Community Youth Development Approach to Gang Control Programs.” In Youth Gangs and Community Intervention: Research, Practice, and Evidence. Robert J. Chaskin (Editor). New York: Columbia University Press.

Butts, Jeffrey A., Gordon Bazemore, and Aundra Saa Meroe (2010). Positive Youth Justice: Framing Justice Interventions Using the Concepts of Positive Youth Development. Washington, DC: Coalition for Juvenile Justice.