May 2014

Tracing the Guns- The impact of illegal guns on violence in Chicago

In 2014, the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the City of Chicago published the first report to understand the origins of illegal crime guns. The report was also updated in 2017.

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NBER Working Paper: Predicting Police Misconduct
Academic Paper

NBER Working Paper: Predicting Police Misconduct

May 2024

This paper outlines the results of research on over a decade of Chicago Police Department data that shows it is possible to predict risk of on-duty and off-duty misconduct, allowing police departments to prioritize training and supportive resources.

Policing Leadership Academy Advisory and Research Committees
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Policing Leadership Academy Advisory and Research Committees

Mar 2024

View the members of the PLA’s advisory and research committees.

Webinar- Situational Decision-Making: A New Training to Improve Policing
Webinar

Webinar- Situational Decision-Making: A New Training to Improve Policing

Oct 2023

The Crime Lab hosted a webinar on the findings of our recently released study, A Cognitive View of Policing, which evaluated a pilot of the Situational Decision-Making (Sit-D) police training program.

NCGVR Webinar: Interventions to Improve Police Effectiveness
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NCGVR Webinar: Interventions to Improve Police Effectiveness

Sep 2023

In a recent webinar hosted by the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research, Oeindrila Dube presented her findings on the evaluation of Situational Decision-Making, while Philip Cook discussed the evaluation of the Chicago Police Department’s Area Technology Centers.

Latest Updates

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