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Translational Criminology and the Science of Community

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This panel examined the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods, along with its implications for thinking about community capacity and crime. Research shows that healthy communities share basic values: neighbors look out for one another and social connections are strong. A groundbreaking study from one of the largest research projects funded by the National Institute of Justice — the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods — produced important understandings about community well-being and the relationship between neighborhoods and crime. The panelists on this plenary session discussed the Project as well as drew from their own experiences to describe how (the) research affects their diverse and changing communities.

Moderator: John H. Laub, Director, National Institute of Justice


  • Edward Davis, Police Commissioner, Boston Police Department
  • Michael Davis, Chief of Police, Brooklyn Park Police Department, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
  • Robert Sampson, Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University

Date Created: March 26, 2014