Franklin Zimring The decline in crime in New York City

The Vera Institute of Justice’s Neil A. Weiner Research Speaker Series features Franklin E. Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law and Wolfen Distinguished Scholar at the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law. In this podcast, Professor Zimring discusses the decline in crime in New York City during the period between 1990 and 2010. He examines the relationship between the drop in street crime and the New York City Police Department’s emphasis on street policing rather than mass incarceration to achieve harm reduction and crime control.


What It’s Like Watching My Friends Die in Prison

Sitting with death as a hospice worker in a maximum-security prison.

I work in hospice at a maximum-security prison. The question I get the most is, “How can you do that?” Honestly, it’s not easy. We are literally sitting with death. Hospice is a program that we sign up for, where we sit with another prisoner while he dies. That’s not all we do; there’s far more to it than that. But for now, that’s what I’ll say. W ...

  • Martez Johnson
December 07, 2023

Impact Over Orthodoxy

Research, policy solutions, and what counts as sufficient evidence in transforming the criminal legal system.

At the Vera Institute of Justice, we drive policy change to advance safety and justice and to measurably improve communities and people’s lives. We work to transform the United States’ excessively punitive criminal legal system and to challenge the country’s long-standing complacency with the harms of mass incarceration. This involves piloting sol ...

  • Nicholas Turner
    Nicholas Turner
December 06, 2023