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NIJ-Funded Research on Firearms Violence in Urban Cities Advancing Scientific Evidence to Inform Practice

Barbara "Basia" Lopez, M.P.A., C.C.I.A., National Institute of Justice; Rachel Swaner, Ph.D., Fund for the City of New York / Center for Court Innovation; Rose Kagawa, Ph.D., M.P.H., The Regents of the University of California, Davis; Max Griswold, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Luke Muggy, Ph.D., RAND Corporation

In this full thematic panel, renowned experts will present a series of papers summarizing the newest findings of NIJ-funded research projects on criminal offenses with firearms in urban areas. Researchers used various criminological and other theories, including routine activity theory, socio-ecological and socio-environmental perspectives, and advanced mixed-study methods, including surveys and spatio-temporal designs, to produce scientific evidence to inform practice. Issues concerning gun-involvement among youth living in urban areas, the impact of demolishing or rehabilitating vacant and decaying buildings on firearm violence, and a relationship between the built environment and socio-economic traits on firearm violence will be discussed. A moderated discussion will follow the presentations focusing on the implications findings have on criminal justice and future research.

Date Published: December 7, 2021