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Director’s Corner: Explaining the Recent Rise in Violent Crime

As Director of NIJ, it is my responsibility to ensure we use science to address the multitude of complex criminal justice challenges we face today. Over the past year, the increase in homicides in several American cities has captured the attention of this Administration, respective federal agencies, local police departments, and media outlets. Although many debates have ensued and commentaries abound, objective, scientific work to inform such conversations has been limited.

Statement on NIJ's Role in the National Dialogue on Gun Violence

Greg Ridgeway, NIJ Acting Director

Our entire country is talking about gun violence. The recent spate of mass gun violence coupled with the stubbornly persistent death toll in smaller incidents has brought this issue to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness. On Jan. 16, 2013, President Obama delineated 23 executive action items designed to put us on a path toward reducing the problem of gun violence in America. The Senate has been holding hearings to begin an official dialogue on policy development.

School Crime and Safety

For students to succeed, their educational environment must be safe, secure and orderly. To this end, schools must cultivate a climate of respect, free of disruption, drugs, violence and weapons.

Find School Safety Programs on CrimeSolutions.gov

October, 2016
Dr. Stephanie Gerstenblith, Development Services Groups, discusses how to use CrimeSolutions.gov to find evidence-based programs and practices that can improve school safety. Many of these programs were added to CrimeSolutions.gov under NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.

Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism in Montgomery County

August, 2016
Darryl McSwain, Assistant Chief at Montgomery County Police Department, discusses the “Montgomery County Model” to prevent domestic radicalization and violence extremism. This included working with schools support youth before they take part in negative behavior and working with researchers to develop culturally-sensitive prevention programs that are effective.

Find School Safety Programs on CrimeSolutions.gov

October, 2016
Dr. Stephanie Gerstenblith, Development Services Groups, discusses how to use CrimeSolutions.gov to find evidence-based programs and practices that can improve school safety. Many of these programs were added to CrimeSolutions.gov under NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative.

Dr. Gerstenblith also addresses the lack of strong evaluations of school safety programs that schools are implementing and invested in; and the opportunity that presents for the research community.