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Criminal Justice Subject Guide: Start Researching

Guide to researching Criminal Justice topics.

Conversations in Criminal Justice

Ten Essential Actions Cities Can Take To Reduce Community Gun Violence (January 12, 2022). Violent Crime Working Group, Council on Criminal Justice

Justice Today (April 22, 2022) Desistance: It's a Process, Not an Event [podcast]

Three National Institute of Justice social scientists discuss research on why and how people desist from committing crimes. 

Research and Evaluation Center  (November, 2020). Reducing Violence Without the Police: A Review of the Eviidence. John Jay College

Started in 2022, Vital City is a journal with short articles discussing how to reduce violence and improve New York City. While focused on New York City, the articles are relevant to communities around the country. 

Engel, R. S., McManus, H. D., & Herold, T. D. (2020). Does de-escalation training work?: A systematic review and call for evidence in police use-of-force reformCriminology & Public Policy19(3), 721.

Demir, M., Braga, A. A., & Apel, R. (2020). Effects of police body-worn cameras on citizen compliance and cooperation: Findings from a quasi-randomized controlled trial. Criminology & Public Policy19(3), 855.

The Ezra Klein Show (November 23, 2021). Why Is Murder Spiking? And Can Cities Address It Without Police? 

An interview with Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at Princeton University and the author of Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence. 

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Selecting Sources

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