Crime

Football, College Party Culture, and Sexual Assault

By Jason Lindo, Peter Siminski, and Isaac Swensen·July 19, 2018
Texas A&M University, University of Technology Sydney, and Montana State University

The Issue:

Sexual assault at colleges and universities in the United States is an important and pervasive problem. The presence of alcohol is involved in a large proportion of these incidents. The federal government has increased awareness of the issue and provided guidance on efforts to prevent sexual violence ...
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Access to Substance Abuse Treatment, Drug Overdose Deaths, and Crime

By Samuel R. Bondurant, Jason M. Lindo and Isaac D. Swensen·March 16, 2018
Texas A&M University and Montana State University
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The Issue:

Fueled in part by a raging opioid epidemic, drug overdose deaths have surged in the United States since 1999. More people currently die from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle accidents, as drug-related ...
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Catch-22? Mass Shootings and Gun Control Legislation

By Phillip Levine and Robin McKnight·December 14, 2017
Wellesley College

The Issue:

It has become conventional wisdom that gun sales spike every time an all-too-common mass shooting occurs in the United States. However, while gun sales do spike after certain mass shooting events, they do not seem to respond in the same way to others. Our research shows that the political discussion ...
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Do Police Body-Worn Cameras Reduce the Use of Force?

By ·November 17, 2017
University of Virginia

The Issue:

Public outrage following several high profile police shootings captured on cell phone videos led police departments across the nation to equip officers with body cameras. The policy aimed to improve transparency and accountability, in the hopes of reducing the use of force by police officers and thereby ...
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The Effects of ‘Ban the Box’ on the Employment of Black Men

By Amanda Agan and Jennifer Doleac·June 9, 2017
Rutgers University and University of Virginia

The Issue:

Ban the Box is a popular policy that prevents employers from asking about someone’s criminal record until late in the job application process — giving applicants an opportunity to explain their qualifications first. The policy aims to increase employment for people with criminal records, in the hopes ...
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The Economic Case for Sentencing Reform

By Emily Weisburst and Sandra Black·May 19, 2017
University of Texas, Austin

The Issue:

On May 10, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive instructing federal prosecutors to "charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense" in all but exceptional cases. The action constitutes a reversal of the 2013 directive issued by former Attorney General Eric Holder who had instructed ...
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Are Immigrants More Likely to Commit Crimes?

By ·February 14, 2017
Batten School, University of Virginia

The Issue:

One concern about immigration is whether immigrants are more prone to commit crimes than the native born population. This concern is not unique to the United States; it has affected policy in Europe, as a flood of immigrants has fled turmoil and war in the Middle East. But in the U.S. the issue took ...
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