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.
July 18, 2016
Dr. Greg Ridgeway helped write a study with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center to investigate joint weights and pricing. Determining the typical amount of marijuana in a joint is important for law enforcement officers, policymakers, and doctors, as marijuana users tend to report their usage by counting joints. Read the full article at The New York Times website: Click Here.
July 11, 2016
Does a computer algorithm demonstrate less bias than a human judge in granting prisoners probation and parole? The Philadelphia Inquirer posed this question to readers this morning in an editorial about the use of Richard Berk's algorithm by the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department. For the full article, click here.
June 27, 2016
PLOS One published John MacDonald's paper evaluating Operation Impact on June 16th. For the full article, click here.