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Machine-gun conversion device dubbed ‘Glock switches’ taking violence to the ‘next level’: Experts
Media Mention ABC News June 12, 2024

Machine-gun conversion device dubbed ‘Glock switches’ taking violence to the ‘next level’: Experts

Jens Ludwig, Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, speaks with ABC News on a disturbing new public safety trend: teenagers armed with weapons converted into machine guns with cheap “Glock switches.”

“From a public safety perspective, from a public health perspective, this is a problem that, unfortunately, is disproportionately concentrated in the country’s most economically vulnerable communities of color.” – Jens Ludwig

Policing Leadership Academy Graduation of Second Cohort
Event UChicago Crime Lab May 24, 2024

Policing Leadership Academy Graduation of Second Cohort

The Crime Lab hosted the graduation of the second cohort of the Policing Leadership Academy (PLA), the only police management and leadership training program in the country specifically designed to increase safety and fairness in America’s most violent neighborhoods.

U. of C. study shows cops at high risk of misconduct also at elevated risk for off-duty trouble
Media Mention Chicago Tribune May 13, 2024

U. of C. study shows cops at high risk of misconduct also at elevated risk for off-duty trouble

The Chicago Tribune’s Caroline Kubzansky speaks with Crime Lab Senior Research Director Greg Stoddard to discuss results from a new study of an officer support system.

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Ashna Arora Joins Arnold Ventures as Vice President of Criminal Justice Research
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Arnold Ventures
Jun 2024

Ashna Arora Joins Arnold Ventures as Vice President of Criminal Justice Research

Former Crime Lab Research Director, Dr. Ashna Arora, has been appointed Vice President of Criminal Justice Research at Arnold Ventures.

Machine-gun conversion device dubbed ‘Glock switches’ taking violence to the ‘next level’: Experts
Media Mention
ABC News
Jun 2024

Machine-gun conversion device dubbed ‘Glock switches’ taking violence to the ‘next level’: Experts

Jens Ludwig, Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, speaks with ABC News on a disturbing new public safety trend: teenagers armed with weapons converted into machine guns with cheap “Glock switches.”

“From a public safety perspective, from a public health perspective, this is a problem that, unfortunately, is disproportionately concentrated in the country’s most economically vulnerable communities of color.” – Jens Ludwig

Expert: “Behavioral economics can stop the shootings”
Media Mention
Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
Jun 2024

Expert: “Behavioral economics can stop the shootings”

Learn how the University of Chicago Crime Lab is using behavioral economics to reduce gun violence.

“Our studies clearly show that if we give young people support to take more time to make decisions in risky situations, both acts of violence, crime and school dropouts decrease.” – Jens Ludwig, Pritzker Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab

Cui Prodest? The Victims’ Justice Ordinance and Chicago’s Future
Media Mention
Chicago Policy Review
Jun 2024

Cui Prodest? The Victims’ Justice Ordinance and Chicago’s Future

Read the Chicago Policy Review’s reflection on a former City of Chicago proposal targeting gang related violence. In the article, Roseanna Ander, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, argues the myopic focus “on gangs distracts from the sheer number of guns available in the city.”

IMPD hopes to reduce gun violence after leadership training
Media Mention
Fox 59 Indianapolis
May 2024

IMPD hopes to reduce gun violence after leadership training

Read about the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s participation in the Crime Lab’s second cohort of our Policing Leadership Academy.

Behavioral Economics v2.0
Event
Centre for Economic Performance
May 2024

Behavioral Economics v2.0

Crime Lab faculty director Jens Ludwig uses behavioral science to examine the causes of violence and presents a novel approach to solving the problem.

Weekend Reads | Can Police Misconduct Be Predicted?
Media Mention
South Seattle Emerald
May 2024

Weekend Reads | Can Police Misconduct Be Predicted?

The South Seattle Emerald covers the Crime Lab’s latest research on predicting police misconduct.

Trump’s Stop-and-Frisk Agenda
Media Mention
The Atlantic
May 2024

Trump’s Stop-and-Frisk Agenda

Jens Ludwig, Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, provides commentary about the implications of a suite of crime and policing proposals from former President Donald Trump.

Policing Leadership Academy Graduation of Second Cohort
Event
UChicago Crime Lab
May 2024

Policing Leadership Academy Graduation of Second Cohort

The Crime Lab hosted the graduation of the second cohort of the Policing Leadership Academy (PLA), the only police management and leadership training program in the country specifically designed to increase safety and fairness in America’s most violent neighborhoods.

SJPD Completes Policing Leadership Academy Cohort
Press Release
San Jose Police Department
May 2024

SJPD Completes Policing Leadership Academy Cohort

This year, from January through May, the San José Police Department participated in University of Chicago’s Policing Leadership Academy (PLA), an intensive management education program at the University’s Crime Lab. This program aims to reduce gun violence and improve the effectiveness and fairness of policing.