Data-driven policing leads to drop in summer homicides in Los Angeles

September 2017

Innovations in data-driven policing have caused a drop in murders in Los Angeles this summer, according to Criminology, Law and Society Professor George Tita.

In June, July and August, the city saw 59 murders. In recent years, that number has been in the 70s and 80s; last year it was 82. Police have been using data to pinpoint where violence is likeliest to happen, then have assigned resources to those areas.

Transgender prisoners likelier to face sexual assault

August 2017

A prison psychologist has filed a lawsuit against the state of California, saying she was retaliated against for reporting abuses against gay and transgender prisoners.

The lawsuit and allegations are detailed in an article by KQED that cites research by Criminology, Law and Society Professor Valerie Jenness. In 2009, Jenness published a study finding that transgender prisoners are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the general population.

Read the article.

How the Attica prison uprising of 1971 altered the prisoners rights movement

August 2017

When a few dozen prisoners took over New York's Attica State Prison in September 1971, there were a few bad injuries, but no deaths initially, and the 1,300 prisoners quickly organized themselves and issued a list of demands. But five days later, New York State Police stormed the prison; 10 hostages and 29 prisoners died.

The effects of the uprising rippled across the country, as Keramet Reiter, assistant professor of criminology, law and society writes in her review of the book "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy" by H.A. Thompson.

Two CLS students chosen to participate in RDCJN's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Shauntece Laurant and Brianda Ruiz Chavez were chosen from among a competitive applicant pool to participate in the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), a partnership between faculty at Rutgers University, University of New Mexico, University of Missouri-St. Louis, University of California-Irvine, and The Ohio State University designed to promote scholarly success and resources for graduate school preparation among students from underrepresented groups working in the area of Criminology, Law & Society.