April 18, 2017
Citing neurological studies that found continued brain development through young adulthood-- particularly in areas that manage self control, San Francisco and other cities will begin trying young adults as juveniles until the age of 21. The New York Times interviewed many experts on the subject of legal age of maturity, including Dr. Charles Loeffler, who worries that this program could end up like other good ideas which were not as effective as legislators would hope, but he remains skeptically hopeful.
March 23, 2017
At Tuesday's Penn Science Cafe lecture at WXPN's World Cafe Live, Richard Berk, professor of criminology and statistics, led an animated discussion after his lecture titled “Big Data and Algorithms: Can They Be Fair and Accurate at the Same Time?”
March 1, 2017
Dr. Adrian Raine's study on drowsiness in teenagers in the UK, which found that sleepy teens are more likely to commit crimes later in life, has been featured in The Daily Pennsylvanian and Penn Current. The full results are availabe in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
November 15, 2016
WHYY invited Dr. Berk of Penn Criminology to talk about using crime predictor algorithms with Philadelphia criminal defense attorney Paul Hetznecker. Listen at WHYY.
November 9, 2016
The Academy of Experimental Criminology recognizes scholars who have successfully led randomized, controlled field experiments in criminology with this honor. Dr. MacDonald will be recognized as an AEC Fellow at the award ceremony on Wednesday, November 16 at this year's American Society of Criminology meeting in New Orleans. The AEC website has more information on this year's recipients and previous winners.
September 28, 2016
The New York Times reports that crime in the U.S. continues an overall downward trend, but a few cities experienced an increase in homicides in 2015. Dr. Berk explains the way crime rates change year-to-year and neighborhood by neighborhood. He said, "It isn't a national trend, it's a city trend, and it's not even a city trend, but a problem in certain neighborhoods." For more on his thoughts about the 2015 homicide rate, click here.
September 12, 2016
Philadelphia's City Council Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform had a hearing yesterday, September 12, where Dr. Richard Berk testified as an expert witness. For more coverage about the Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, click here.
August 17, 2016
Position Description: The Department of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania (http://www.crim.upenn.edu) invites applications for a faculty position, effective July 1, 2017. We anticipate making an appointment of a quantitative criminologist at the assistant professor level. The substantive field is open. As an interdisciplinary department in the School of Arts and Sciences, the criminology program addresses crime and justice through quantitative research methods.
July 25, 2016
Bloomberg profiled the work of Richard Berk, whose machine-learning algorithms can reduce crime while improving fairness in the decisions made.
July 18, 2016
This recent study by Dr. John MacDonald finds that tree loss caused by the spread of the emerald ash borer was associated with increases in crime in Cincinnati neighborhoods. The full text is available for free download until September 2: Click Here.