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Science article on Chicago’s One Summer Plus youth employment program

A public summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania. The results of this randomized controlled trial are published in Science. Study author Sara Heller, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, began her evaluation of One Summer Plus while a doctoral fellow at the Crime Lab.

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Crime Lab recognized as part of White House initiative

The White House on July 21 recognized the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab among key organizations helping to advance the goals of the White House initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.”  Read the White House press release and UChicago News story about the announcement.

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Crime Lab analysis used by the City of Chicago in a new report on crime guns

Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Department released a report detailing sources of illegal guns in Chicago.  The City has also drafted a new ordinance to enhance dealer regulations. Read the press release from the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel

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Crime Lab Director Jens Ludwig speaks at the National Press Club

On May 1, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, Crime Lab Director Jens Ludwig spoke on, "The Economic and Social Effects of Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States." Crime Lab affiliate Stephen Raphael (Berkeley) also presented at this event.

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