During the month of April, we’ll blog about things we’re reading (and watching and listening to) on the subject of criminal justice and cost-benefit analysis. We always want to hear from those of you who are doing this work, but that’s especially true when it comes to this month’s topic. Your comments and suggestions will benefit our growing community of practice throughout the United States and beyond.
For starters, we suggest that you keep an eye on NIJ’s “Research for the Real World” seminar series. On Thursday, April 12, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, Janet L. Lauritsen, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, will discuss “Violent Repeat Victimization: Prospects and Challenges for Research and Practice.” Given the importance of this work and the complexities associated with estimating the tangible and intangible costs that crime victims bear, we’re looking forward to Dr. Lauritsen’s presentation.
This isn’t the first time we’ve recommended talks in the NIJ series. Last year we blogged about insightful and relevant presentations by Philip Cook of Duke University on “Economical Crime Control,” Yale Law School’s Tracey Meares on “Deterrence and Legitimacy in the Architecture of Law Enforcement,” and Jens Ludwig and Roseanna Ander, of the University of Chicago Crime Lab on “Benefit-Cost Analysis for Crime Control.”