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Jeffrey Butts, Director of the Research and Evaluation Center, Speaks at Second National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in D.C.

April 2, 2012 – Jeffrey Butts, director of the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will be a speaker at the Second National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention held in Washington, DC on April 2-3, 2012. The White House announced that the conference agenda includes addresses by Attorney General Holder, Secretary Duncan from the Department of Education, Secretary Sibelius of the Department of Health and Human Services, Secretary Donovan of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Valerie Jarrett from the White House, Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia, Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, and the Mayors of the six cities currently participating in the Forum: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Salinas, and San Jose.

The Research and Evaluation Center, along with researchers from the Department of Criminal Justice at Temple University, recently published at interim report about their assessment of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. To review the interim report, click here

The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is designed to promote greater coordination and effectiveness in violence prevention efforts across community and organizational systems, including law enforcement, juvenile and criminal courts, schools, social services, mental health, and a wide variety of neighborhood and community-based organizations. The federal partners involved in the National Forum began the initiative in 2010 by recruiting the first six participating cities and sponsoring a series of meetings and workshops attended by inter-agency and cross-sector leadership teams from each of those cities.

The Research and Evaluation Center (REC) is an applied research organization established in 1975 to provide members of the academic community of John Jay College with opportunities to respond to the research needs of justice practitioners in New York City, New York State, and the nation. The Center assists public and private agencies affiliated with the justice system by conducting research and evaluation studies of crime prevention strategies, the effectiveness of justice interventions on individual behavior, and efforts to improve the impact and efficiency of justice system operations.

Established in 1964, John Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York is an international leader in educating for justice. It offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality and the rule of law. For more information, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu.