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Committee on Law and Justice


Project Scope:

The Committee on Law and Justice’s (CLAJ) mission is to improve government decision making and public policy and promote the understanding and dissemination of research in matters involving law and justice. CLAJ’s independent, expert reports and other scientific activities identify new areas of research, assist in resolving scientific controversies, extend the research agenda in established areas, promote theory development, and advance research-based policies.

During its 45-year history, CLAJ has attracted nationally and internationally renowned experts to provide independent, objective advice to the nation. The committee is composed of national experts with interdisciplinary knowledge drawn from the fields of criminal justice, criminology, public policy, law, sociology, economics, and behavioral sciences, among others.

Impact Highlights

  • Influencing policy: The Growth of Incarceration in the United States (2014) was cited by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) to support the introduction of the Smarter Sentencing Act in 2015.
  • Changing practice: In 2018, Congress reauthorized the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which amended the law to require federal and state policies and plans to “reflect the science of adolescent development,” as recommended in our 2013 and 2014 reports on juvenile justice reform.
  • Setting the research agenda: The National Institute of Justice solicited grants for research projects that aimed to reduce crime “with minimal negative collateral consequences” as part of a five-year strategic plan to evaluate community engagement and trust in law enforcement, a key research gap identified by our report, Proactive Policing: Effects on Crime and Communities.

Our Focus Areas

  • Crime and victimization: Examining crime and victimization through activities focused on the causes, trends, and prevention of crime, the victimization of vulnerable populations, and family violence.
  • Criminal justice system: Focusing on the workings of the criminal justice system, encompassing, for example, investigation and enforcement, adjudication, and corrections.
  • Youth & the justice system: Exploring law and justice topics in the context of youth, adolescent development, and the juvenile justice system.

To learn more about CLAJ’s work, contact us at CLAJ@nas.edu.

Status: Current

PIN: DBASSE-CLAJ-21-P-422

RSO: Blain, Natacha

Board(s)/Committee(s):

Committee on Law and Justice

Topic(s):

Behavioral and Social Sciences


Parent Project(s): N/A


Child Project(s): N/A



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership


Robert D. Crutchfield - (Chair)
ROBERT D. CRUTCHFIELD is professor emeritus of Sociology at the University of Washington, he is also an Honorary (Affiliate) Professor in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. He served as chair of the UW Department of Sociology for eight years and has served as an Associate Dean of the UW Graduate School with responsibility for minority graduate student programs. His research focus is on social inequality as a cause of crime, neighborhoods and crime, and racial inequality in the criminal justice system. In recent years he has written on labor markets and crime, and on racial and ethnic disparities in prosecution, sentencing, and imprisonment. In 2014 Crutchfield’s Get a Job: Labor Markets, Economic Opportunity, and Crime was published by New York University Press. Crutchfield is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, a past vice-president of that organization, and he was elected to serve on the Council of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and also to Chair ASA’s Crime, Law, and Deviance Section. From 2005 to 2011 he served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Law and Justice. In 2018 he was appointed Chair of that Committee. Crutchfield has been appointed to several National Academy of Sciences panels, most recently on the panel studying the Causes and Consequences of High Rates of Incarceration. Crutchfield is an active member of the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network, where he also serves on the Steering Committee, and in the past he was on the Steering Committee for the National Consortium on Violence Research. He has been on the Board of Directors of The Sentencing Project, served on the Executive Committee of the Office of Justice Program’s Science Advisory Board, and in 2018, he was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Seattle Housing Authority. Crutchfield is a winner of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Prior to his academic career, he was a juvenile probation officer and an adult parole officer in Pennsylvania. He also served on the Washington State Juvenile Sentencing Commission. Crutchfield holds a BA from Thiel College, Greenville Pennsylvania, and an MA and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Sally S. Simpson - (Vice Chair)
SALLY S. SIMPSON is director of C-BERC and professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is principle investigator with Mark Cohen (Vanderbilt University) and Tom Loughran (Maryland) on a National Institute of Justice funded project to study the public willingness to pay for white-collar crime control. She is also examining the impact of Board of Director and Top Management Team Diversity on corporate misconduct with colleagues Debra Shapiro and Karen Beckman (Smith School of Business at UMD) and Gerald Martin (American University) on a grant funded by ADVANCE. Her research has appeared Criminology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, American Sociological Review, and Business Ethics Quarterly among others. Dr. Simpson is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and, in 2008, was named Distinguished Scholar by the Division on Women and Crime, American Society of Criminology. Simpson has served as President of the Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is former Chair of the Crime, Law, and Deviance Section of the American Sociological Association and past President of the White-Collar Crime Research Consortium. Recipient of the Herbert Bloch Award from the American Society of Criminology, in 2010 Simpson was named Woman of the Year by the President's Commission on Women's Issues at the University of Maryland. She holds a B.S. from Oregon State University, a M.A. from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in sociology.
Rod K. Brunson
ROD K. BRUNSON is the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., professor of public life in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (the Department of Political Science, and School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs) at Northeastern University. In 2003, he earned a PhD in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a widely sought-after speaker and has received numerous professional awards in recognition of his distinguished body of scholarly work, most recently, American Society of Criminology, Fellow. Furthermore, Dr. Brunson co-directs the Racial Democracy Crime and Justice Network, social scientists conducting research on crime, inequality, and the criminal justice system. Professor Brunson’s expertise centers on police-minority community relations, youth violence, and evidence-based criminal justice policy. He has consistently called for effective crime reduction strategies that do not result in racially disparate treatment of minority citizens and disadvantaged neighborhoods. Professor Brunson’s scholarship appears in the Annual Review of Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, City & Community, Criminology, Criminology & Public Policy, Evaluation Review, Justice Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Urban Health.
Shawn Bushway
SHAWN D. BUSHWAY is a professor in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany (SUNY). His research is primarily in the areas of desistance theory, labor markets and crime, and sentencing. Together with Ray Paternoster, he developed an identify theory of desistance that emphasizes the importance of agency and identity transitions that begin in response to the “feared self.” This theoretical work complemented empirical work documenting that people do in fact desist. This latter work was cited heavily in revised guidance for employers on the use of criminal records in the hiring process from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He recently completed the first-ever evaluation of an employment background check, and showed for the first time that negative background checks lead directly to increased involvement in the criminal justice system. Dr. Bushway’s work in the field of sentencing is distinguished by the careful modeling of institutional features which characterize the sentencing process. Together with colleagues, he has showed how racial disparity can be embedded into sentencing guidelines themselves, made clever use of errors in how guideline worksheets are completed to present the first test of the impact of voluntary guidelines on final sentences, tested whether prescriptive guidelines displace discretion from judges to prosecutors, and provided the first empirical test of the “shadow of the trial” plea model. Dr. Bushway is a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, a State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship winner and a Distinguished Scholar for the American Society of Criminology’s Division on Corrections and Sentencing. He has served on the Executive Board of ASC as an Executive Counselor, and served for 9 years as a founding member of the New York State Permanent Commission on Sentencing Reform. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis and Political Economy from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University.
Preeti Chauhan
PREETI CHAUHAN is vice president of the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute. She is also an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY) and a professor of psychology and criminal justice at the Graduate Center at CUNY. She is co-founder and former director of the Data Collaborative at John Jay College. Her research interests include examining the role of macro-level factors that may create and sustain racial disparities in arrests, incarceration, and victimization. Her work has informed criminal justice policies and reform initiatives in New York City, New York State, and in other jurisdictions around the country. Preeti has received numerous awards, including the Feliks Gross Endowment Award and the Donal EJ McNarma Junior Faculty Award, and was named a Tribeca Disruptor Foundation fellow. She serves on the board of directors of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, on the science advisory group of ThriveNYC,and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Law and Justice. She is also on the editorial boards of Law and Human Behavior, Psychology of Violence, and Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Preeti received a BA and BS from the University of Florida and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. Her predoctoral clinical internship was completed at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Kimberle W. Crenshaw
KIMBERLÉ W. CRENSHAW is a professor of law at Columbia University and the University of California-Los Angeles. She is also director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) at Columbia Law School, which she founded in 2011. She is also co-founder of the African American Policy Forum. Crenshaw teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. Her primary scholarly interests center on race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. In addition to race and the law, she has written in the areas of civil rights and black feminist legal theory. Crenshaw's publications include Critical Race Theory (edited by Crenshaw, et al., 1995) and Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech and the First Amendment (with Matsuda, et al., 1993). Work on these topics has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the National Black Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and the Southern California Law Review. In 2007, Professor Crenshaw was awarded the Fulbright Chair for Latin America in Brazil. In 2008, she joined the selective group of scholars awarded with an in-residence fellowship at the Center of Advanced Behavioral Studies at Stanford. In addition, she was twice named Professor of the Year at UCLA Law School and received the Lucy Terry Prince Unsung Heroine Award, presented by the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, for her path breaking work on black women and the law. She also received the ACLU Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellowship in 2005-2007. Crenshaw received her J.D. from Harvard and her LL.M from the University of Wisconsin.
Mark S. Johnson
MARK S. JOHNSON is professor and chair of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Howard University. He has previously been the Dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University. Prior to moving to Washington DC, he was Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at NJMS. Dr. Johnson has been the President of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. He was a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the NJ Task Force for the Prevention of Obesity. He has been a reviewer for NIH, HRSA, PCORI and AHRQ. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. His research interests include obesity, health disparities, and family violence. He was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he earned a B.A. in Black Literature. He went to medical school at UMD (now Rutgers)-New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) where he earned an M.D. and completed his residency at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.
Cynthia Lum
CYNTHIA LUM is a Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and Director the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She researches primarily in the area of policing, technology, evidence-based crime policy, crime prevention, and translational criminology. Her works in this area include evaluating the impacts of patrol and detective activities, interventions, and technologies; understanding the translation and receptivity of research in policing; and measuring police proactivity. With Dr. Christopher Koper she has developed the Evidence-Based Policing Matrix (with Cody Telep) and the Matrix Demonstration Projects, translation tools designed to help police practitioners incorporate research into their strategic and tactical portfolios. Dr. Lum has been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Proactive Policing, the National Academy of Sciences Standing Committee on Traffic Law Enforcement, is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the IACP, the International Advisory Committee of the Scottish Institute for Police Research (SIPR), and John Jay College of Criminal Justice's National Misdemeanor Justice Project. She is the founding editor of Translational Criminology Magazine and the Springer Series on Translational Criminology, and served as the first North American Editor for the Oxford Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. Dr. Lum is a Fulbright Specialist in policing and criminology and is the co-Director of the International Summer School for Policing Scholarship, developed with colleagues at the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and Arizona State University. She received a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of California Los Angeles, a MSc. in criminology from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland.
John M. MacDonald
JOHN M. MACDONALD is a Professor of Criminology and Sociology, Department of Criminology, at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor MacDonald works on a variety of topics in criminology including the study of crime and violence; race and ethnic disparities in criminal justice; and the effect of public policy responses on crime. In 2012, he was awarded the David N. Kershaw Prize from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for contributions to Public Policy by Age 40. In 2017 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology. His research has been published in leading scientific journals across different disciplines including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Public Health, Criminology, the Economic Journal, Journal of American Statistical Association, and the Journal of Royal Statistical Society. His research has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and National Institute of Justice (NIJ). A current focus of his work is on examining how policies and programs to change the land use of places can reduce crime and violence in neighborhoods. His current CDC and NIH funded research involves a randomized community trial of the effect of vacant lot remediation and stabilization on violence and injury outcomes and a randomized trial of abandoned housing remediation on substance abuse and violence. He is also active in studying racial disparities in criminal justice processing, and ways to reduce these disparities through policy and program reforms. He received a B.A. in political science, as well as a M.A. and Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland.
Karen Mathis
KAREN MATHIS has served as associate executive director/chief operating officer of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver since 2013. In that role, she oversees IAALS’ budget, finances, human resources, marketing, communications, technology, events, research, general administration, and University relations. IAALS’ vision is an American legal system that works for all people by being accessible, fair, reliable, efficient, and accountable: a system that inspires trust, because a trusted and trustworthy legal system is essential to our democracy, our economy, and our freedom. Its mission is to forge innovative and practical solutions to problems within the American legal system. Before joining IAALS as its Associate Executive Director, she served on IAALS’ Board of Advisors since it opened its doors in 2006. The National Law Journal named her among the "50 Most Influential Women in America". Mathis was the third woman to serve as ABA president in 130 years. Her presidential initiatives were Youth at Risk, Second Season of Service, Direct Women Institute and Rule of Law. From 2000 to 2002, she was the second woman to chair of the ABA House of Delegates, the association's second-highest elected office. Mathis' extensive ABA involvement included leadership of numerous ABA entities. She chaired the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division; the Commission on Women in the Profession; and the Standing Committee on Membership. She served six years on the International Law Section Council and remains a liaison to the Youth at Risk Commission. She serves on the ABA Rule of Law Initiative board that oversees democracy and governance work in 50 nations, and she represents the ABA at the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) in Stockholm, Sweden. She has spoken on five continents about the future of the law, women’s place in the legal profession, and the rule of law. In 2011, she received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, honoring outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for others. While on sabbatical from her law practice, Mathis served as the Executive Director of the Central European and Eurasian Legal Initiative (CEELI) Institute in Prague from 2008-2009. Mathis has long been an advocate for children and youth, serving on the Colorado Commission on Child Care and as a member of the Mile Hi Council of Girl Scouts. From 2009 to 2012, she served as the President and CEO of the nation's premier youth mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, then headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. Mathis has served on the national board of Volunteers of America for six years and chairs its audit committee. She earned her law degree from the University of Colorado, School of Law and has received five honorary doctorate degrees. A member of the Colorado, Philadelphia and International Women's Forums, Mathis has been honored as an outstanding lawyer by the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations, the University of Colorado and the University of Albany, School of Law.
Theodore A. McKee
THEODORE A. MCKEE was sworn in as a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on June 20, 1994. He became Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of appeals in May, 2010, and served in that capacity until September, 2016. He is the fourth African American to serve on the Third Circuit bench. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse College of Law in 1975 and began his legal career at a large law firm in Philadelphia. He left the firm in 1977 to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This was the beginning of a career in public service. His service on the U.S. Court of Appeals includes serving as a member of the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts and co-chairing the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias of the Task Force. He also serves as the co-chair of the Third Circuit Task Force on Eyewitness Identification; a task force he appointed while Chief Judge of the court to improve the accuracy of eyewitness identification testimony in an effort to address problems of erroneous convictions resulting from such testimony. McKee also frequently serves on panels discussing subliminal bias in the judiciary and he often lectures on that topic. McKee is active in the community and has served on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations. He has been a trustee of Temple University, an advisor to the American Law Institute's Committee on Revising the Model Penal Code, and a member of the ABA Commission on Effective Criminal Sanctions. He has also has served on the Council of the Criminal Justice Section of the ABA. McKee is currently a member of the board of the VERA Institute of Justice and serves on VERA’s Research Advisory Board. He has been a member of VERA's Stop and Frisk Task Force Review Group, and was an original member of the advisory board of City Year of Greater Philadelphia. In addition to serving on Syracuse University's Board of Trustees, McKee is a member of the College of Law Advisory. He received a J.D. from Syracuse College of Law.
Steven Raphael
STEVEN RAPHAEL is a professor of public policy at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections. His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in U.S. incarceration rates. Dr. Raphael also works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing. He is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are so Many Americans in Prison? (published by the Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record (published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). Dr. Raphael is also editor in chief of Industrial Relations and a research fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Pubic Policy Institute of California. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.
Laurie O. Robinson
LAURIE ROBINSON is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at George Mason University. She has been involved in national criminal justice policy for more than three decades. Ms. Robinson was appointed by President Barack Obama in late 2014 to serve as co-chair of the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and twice served (in the Obama and Clinton Administrations) as the Senate-confirmed, Presidentially-appointed Assistant Attorney General heading the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP). She is the longest serving head of OJP, the Justice Department’s research, statistics and grants agency, in its 47-year history. Her second tenure saw a focus on science and evidence-based programming. Between her stints in government, she served as the founding director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Science Program in Criminology and as a senior fellow in Penn’s Jerry Lee Center of Criminology. During her first DOJ tenure, Ms. Robinson spearheaded a substantial expansion of the federal government’s engagement with states and localities on community-based crime control and supported new innovations to address crime. Prior to joining the federal government, she was director of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section in Washington, D.C., for 14 years, and founded its Center on Juvenile Justice. Ms. Robinson received her B.A. in political science from Brown University.
Cynthia Rudin
CYNTHIA RUDIN is an associate professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Duke University, and directs the Prediction Analysis Lab. Her interests are in machine learning, data mining, applied statistics, and knowledge discovery (Big Data). Her application areas are in energy grid reliability, healthcare, and computational criminology. Previously, Dr. Rudin held positions at MIT, Columbia, and NYU. She is the recipient of the 2013 and 2016 INFORMS Innovative Applications in Analytics Awards, an NSF CAREER award, was named as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by Poets and Quants in 2015, and was named by Businessinsider.com as one of the 12 most impressive professors at MIT in 2015. Her work has been featured in Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Times of London, Fox News (Fox & Friends), the Toronto Star, WIRED Science, U.S. News and World Report, Slashdot, CIO magazine, Boston Public Radio, and on the cover of IEEE Computer. Dr. Rudin serves on committees for DARPA, the American Statistical Association, INFORMS, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Academy of Sciences. She is presently the chair of the INFORMS Data Mining Section, and will be chair-elect of the Statistical Learning and Data Science section of the American Statistical Association. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University at Buffalo where she received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Senior Award in Sciences and Mathematics, and three separate outstanding senior awards from the departments of physics, music, and mathematics. She received a Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton University.
William J. Sabol
WILLIAM J. SABOL is a professor in the Department Criminal Justice & Criminology at Georgia State University where he teaches and conducts research on corrections, sentencing policy, and crime statistics. During the past 30 years, he has held positions in government, private sector research institutions, and universities, including serving as the director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology.
Linda A. Teplin
LINDA A. TEPLIN is the Owen L. Coon Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, where she is also the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Program in Health Disparities and Public Policy (formerly entitled “Psycho-Legal Studies Program”). She has done empirical studies on the criminalization of the mentally ill, epidemiologic characteristics of jail detainees and correlates of violence. Since receiving her Ph.D. from Northwestern University, she has focused on special populations seldom examined in prior studies. She conducted the first large scale epidemiologic studies of psychiatric disorders in incarcerated females and males, examining adults (1983-1995) and juveniles (1995-present). Other studies have addressed criminalization of the mentally ill, correlates of violence, patterns of crime victimization, health service utilization and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors. In addition to publishing papers in widely-disseminated professional journals, her work has been cited in reports of the Surgeon General, used in amicus briefs to the Supreme Court, presented in congressional hearings, and widely disseminated by federal agencies and advocacy groups. Her honors include the Young Scientist Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (1990), the MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health (1995) and the American Psychological Association's award for "Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy" (1992). Teplin is currently conducting the Northwestern Juvenile Project, the first large scale longitudinal study of health needs and outcomes of juvenile detainees. In this study, her team tracks and re-interviews 1829 youth who were initially arrested and detained between 1995 and 1998. Published papers have addressed a variety of topics: psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, health services, death rates, child maltreatment, trauma, suicidal ideation, functional impairment, and HIV/AIDS risk behaviors. Her research group is currently focusing on drug and alcohol abuse, comorbid psychiatric disorders and HIV/AIDS. Teplin received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Bruce Western
BRUCE WESTERN (NAS) is the Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice and Co-Director of the Justice Lab at Columbia University. His research has examined the causes, scope, and consequences of the historic growth in U.S. prison populations. Current projects include a randomized experiment assessing the effects of criminal justice fines and fees on misdemeanor defendants in Oklahoma City, and a field study of solitary confinement in Pennsylvania state prisons. Western is also the Principal Investigator of the Square One Project that aims re-imagine the public policy response to violence under conditions of poverty and racial inequality. He is the author of Homeward: Life in the Year After Prison (Russell Sage Foundation, 2018), and Punishment and Inequality in America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006). He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar, and a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. Western received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was born in Canberra, Australia. He received his B.A. (Hons.) in government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Events


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The committee held a closed session this day.


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Stacey Smit
Contact Email:  claj@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1993

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Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Sally S. Simpson
Vice Chair
Rod K. Brunson
Shawn D. Bushway
Mark S. Johnson
Cynthia Lum
John M. MacDonald
Steven Raphael
Laurie O. Robinson
Cynthia Rudin
William J. Sabol
Linda A. Teplin
Bruce Western

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Agenda

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Briefing Book

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 12, 2021
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Seminar on Psychiatric Disorders in Incarcerated Populations: Challenges for Correctional Facilities and the Public Health System

November 11, 2021

2:00pm to 3:30pm (Eastern)

Mental health and substance use disorders are common in youth and adults in correctional facilities in the United States. Services are insufficient, and after release, there are many barriers to linkage to services in the community.

The Committee on Law and Justice held a seminar that explored psychiatric disorders in incarcerated populations and challenges for correctional facilities and the public health system.

The seminar highlighted: (1) services needs and service utilization during incarceration – in jails, prisons and juvenile detention centers; and (2) linkage to community services. The objective of the seminar was to address how we might improve the systems that provide care.

Speakers included:

  • Linda Teplin, Northwestern University (moderator)
  • Steven Belenko, Temple University
  • Nneka Jones Tapia, Chicago Beyond
  • Gail Wasserman, Columbia University
  • Tisha Wiley, NIDA Services Research Branch
  • Leo Beletsky, Northeastern University
  • Shira Shavit, University of California, San Francisco

The videos and presentations will be posted soon.


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If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Stacey Smit
Contact Email:  claj@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-1993

Agenda
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Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Some sessions are open and some sessions are closed

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Robert D. Crutchfield
Chair
Sally S. Simpson
Vice Chair
Rod K. Brunson
Shawn D. Bushway
Preeti Chauhan
Mark S. Johnson
Cynthia Lum
John M. MacDonald
Karen J. Mathis
Steven Raphael
Laurie O. Robinson
Cynthia Rudin
William J. Sabol
Linda A. Teplin
Bruce Western

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Agenda

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Agenda

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
November 11, 2021
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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