“Contemporary Issues in Security and Resilience Studies” Speaker Series Event
From the protests over officer-involved shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, to the explosion of gang violence that has pushed people to migrate from Central America, it is clear that issues of crime–and how society thinks about the causes and remedies of crime–will continue to be important and contentious issues for the foreseeable future. Drawing upon several bodies of research both old and new, this talk will discuss different popular ideas of why particular places suffer from crime, how those ideas imply certain policy actions, and what we know about how responses both crime and responses to crime can affect communities.
Ben Struhl is the Executive Director of the Center on Crime and Community Resilience. In that role, he works with governments and non-profits around the world to promote the use of research evidence in solving health and safety challenges that are facing disadvantaged communities. Prior to his work at the center, he has had many years of experience working in domestic and international policy, with a focus on preventing crime and violence, reforming the criminal justice system, and collaborating with communities to ensure that policy is done in ways that respect and uplift constituents.
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