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    Dr. Berk interviewed on WHYY about machine learning forecasts for domestic violence reoffenders

    February 18, 2016

    Professor Richard Berk was interviewed on WHYY about his recent work with Professors Susan Sorenson and Geoffrey Barnes on the use of machine learning forecasts to help magistrates make arraignment release decisions in domestic violence cases. The analysis shows that the number of  arrests for new domestic violence offenses could be cut in half. 

    Dr. Heller's Chicago jobs study cited in Washington Post

    February 4, 2016

    Quoting acting education secretary John B. King, in an article about a federal proposal to create part-time jobs and apprenticeships for young Americans, today's Washington Post highlighted the findings of Dr. Sara Heller's study on the effects of summer jobs on youths in Chicago:

    Dr. Berk discusses A.I. on "Codebreaker"

    December 17, 2015

    Richard Berk was interviewed on the fifth episode of “Codebreaker” by the production company Marketplace. The episode went live on December 9th. The show discusses the expanding impact of artificial intelligence. The episode can be found here

    Dr. Loeffler's Research on Age of Majority and Recidivism in NYT's Room for Debate

    December 14, 2015

    Click here for The New York Times' Room for Debate post. This longitudinal study shows high recidivism rates for both young offenders tried as adults and young offenders tried as juveniles.

    Penn scholar weighs in on Fisher v. University of Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court

    December 1, 2015

    Richard Berk, along with Guido Imbens (Stanford), Donald Rubin (Harvard), Gary King (Harvard), Ian Ayres (Yale), John Donohue (Stanford), and Daniel Ho (Stanford), is one of the ``empirical scholars’’ who authored an amicus brief in Fisher v. University of Texas in which the U.S. Supreme Court is once again considering affirmative action in college and professional school admissions

    Dr. Richard Berk is Keynote Speaker for CDC Event

    September 22, 2015

    On Tuesday, Richard Berk was the keynote speaker at the second annual “Meet and Greet” for statisticians at the Atlanta headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control. The title of his talk was "Using Statistical Learning to Forecast Threats to Public Safety."

    Freakonomics Podcast

    September 10, 2015

    Sara Heller was featured on today's Freakonomics podcast talking about her cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) research. Click here to listen

    U.S. Immigration Reform: Dr. Emily Owens Examines the Empirical Effects on Crime and Jobs

    August 31, 2015

    As current political debate highlights public concern over the impact of immigration on the economic well-being of U.S. citizens, Penn Criminology professor Dr.

    Congratulations to Our 2015 Award Winners

    August 24, 2015

    The Department of Criminology is proud to announce that our own Sara Heller, Assistant Professor of Criminology, and Jordan Hyatt, erstwhile Senior Research Associate, each won awards from the Division of Experimental Criminology and the American Society of Criminology.

    Sara's "Chicago Summer Jobs Trial" won the Award for Outstanding Experimental Field Trial.

    Jordan was named Outstanding Young Experimental Criminologist. 

    More information is available at the DEC website.

    Abandoned Houses Don't Just *Look* Scary

    July 16, 2015

    Professor John MacDonald and his co-authors found that remediating abandoned housing has some crime reduction benefits.