Jan 2013

Letter to Gun Violence Commission

Philip Cook Anthony Braga Jens Ludwig Jon Guryan Harold Pollack Patrick Sharkey

The Crime Lab and professors from institutions across the country sent a letter to then Vice President Biden and the Gun Violence Commission to provide two recommendations to increase federal dollars for gun violence research.

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Latest Updates

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
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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”
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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