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07/12/2013

Christian Henrichson, senior policy analyst at the Vera Institute of Justice and Valerie Levshin, a former Vera policy analyst, provide a practical training on how to estimate marginal costs and collect data from justice agencies. Marginal costs differ in important ways from average costs and more accurately measure the economic impact of initiatives.

07/12/2013

This is Part 2 of a training that provides practical resources to meet the growing demand for cost-benefit analysis (CBA) in justice policy. The training is led by economist Michael Wilson, who worked with the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and is former director of the state's Statistical Analysis Center. Part 2 provides an exercise that estimates the costs of crime and a review of a CBA. It also discusses how to use CBA in decision making.

07/12/2013

This is Part 1 of a training that explains how to conduct a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) in justice policy. The training is led by economist Michael Wilson, who worked with the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission and is former director of the state's Statistical Analysis Center. Part 1 provides a detailed overview of CBA in criminal justice; explains the economics of incarceration; discusses cost estimates, probabilities of criminal justice resource use, and sentencing distributions; and defines effect size.

06/21/2013

Former Vera Director Michael Jacobson and Professor Tom R. Tyler discuss how societies ought to deal with terrorism. In his research, Tyler, the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and professor of psychology at Yale Law School, focuses on the dynamics of authority in groups, organizations, and societies. In particular, he examines the role of judgments about the justice or injustice of group procedures in shaping legitimacy, compliance, and cooperation.

 

This podcast is part of the Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.

04/16/2013

Vera Director Michael Jacobson and Professor Ernest Drucker discuss the impact of 40 years of domestic drug policy on U.S. incarceration rates. Dr. Drucker is professor emeritus in the Department of Family and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine and adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. His most recent book is A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.

This podcast is part of the Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.

02/24/2013

Professor Anthony A. Braga talks with Vera Director Michael Jacobson about “focused deterrence strategies”—policing frameworks that target a specified crime problem within a high-crime-intensity area—to prevent gang violence and group-involved violence generally. Such strategies were incorporated into “Operation Ceasefire” in response to the 1980’s crack epidemic in Boston, which lead to significant reductions in youth homicides and nonfatal serious violence.

Anthony A. Braga is The Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and a Senior Research Fellow in the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

This podcast is part of Vera’s 2012 Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series.

12/17/2012

This is the second in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, prosecutor Anne J. Swern discusses the effects of resource constraints. Swern is First Assistant District Attorney for Kings County, NY, and serves on the board of directors and the executive committee of the National District Attorneys Association. In other podcasts in this series, one of the study’s authors summarizes its main findings; a federal judge discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases; and a law professor discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations.

12/17/2012

This is the first in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, Professor Don Stemen talks with Vera Director Michael Jacobson about the study’s main findings. Stemen is author of numerous works on sentencing and corrections policies, sentencing guidelines, mandatory treatment for drug offenders, and racial disparities in prosecution and sentencing. In other podcasts in this series, a prosecutor discusses the effects of resource constraints; a federal judge discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases; and a law professor discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations.

12/17/2012

This is the last in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, Professor Anthony C. Thompson discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations. Thompson is Professor of Clinical Law at New York University, has supervised a prosecution clinic in which students maintain real case loads, and is the author of It Takes a Community to Prosecute. In other podcasts in this series, one of the study’s authors summarizes its main findings; a prosecutor discusses the effects of resource constraints; and a federal judge discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases.

12/17/2012

This is the third in a four-part series discussing findings from The Anatomy of Discretion, a Vera Institute study of factors that influence prosecutors’ decisions in criminal cases. In this part, Judge Theodore A. McKee discusses the balance between individualized treatment of defendants and consistency in decision making across similar cases. McKee is the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and previously served on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. In other podcasts in this series, one of the study’s authors summarizes its main findings; a prosecutor discusses the effects of resource constraints; and a law professor discusses the balance between strength of evidence and other considerations.

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