District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute

Press Room

"The Bond Market and Public Safety" DCPI Director John Roman and DCPI Research Advisor Jeffrey Butts write about Social Impact Bonds and how they could be used to harness private sector financing to invest in public programs that reduce social problems. Given the strain on state and local budgets, they offer Social Impact Bonds as a way to enhance public safety efforts while also saving governments much-need resources. (February 16, 2010)

"Mr. Mayor! Here's What Research Says About the Challenges Facing the District of Columbia" DCPI Deputy Director Jocelyn Fontaine discussed the District's historic crime trends and current public safety issues. In addition she identified opportunities for further 
research and strategic decision making in an effort to better understand and reduce crime in the District. Along with crime and safety 
issues, the panel featured experts in housing, health care policy, child welfare, and fiscal policy, where they discussed what recent
research has to say about the District, its residents, local programs and services. Connect to the Webcast (January 4, 2011)

"Bridging Research and Policy: A First Look at the DC Crime Policy Institute" DCPI staff presented during the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. This presentation introduced DCPI's mission and vision, discussed DC crime trends, reported the current status of DCPI's FY2010 projects, and reviewed its cost-benefit model beta-test findings. (November 19, 2010)

"The District of Columbia Mayor's Focused Improvement Area Initiative: Past Practices, Best Practices and Geography of Crime at Place" DCPI staff presented during the Poster Session of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The poster was produced as part of DCPI's ongoing original research project on the DC Mayor's Focused Improvement Area (FIA) Initiative. It discusses DC's past and current practices, the extant literature on crime suppression and service intervention, and trajectory modeling of crime at the micro-place in DC. (November 4, 2010)

"Front-End Alternatives for Drug-Involved Offenders" DCPI Director John Roman has been asked by the House of Representatives Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to testify about the front-end alternatives to incarceration for drug-involved offenders and the extent to which these efforts have been effective in reducing the levels and associated harms of incarceration, reducing recidivism, effectively treating drug abuse, and improving other social outcomes.  Connect to the Webcast (July 23, 2010)

"A Bayesian, Meta Cost-Benefit Model" DCPI Presentation at the Brookings Institution: (June 30, 2010)


DCPI intends for its work to facilitate a continued dialogue with District of Columbia juvenile and criminal justice stakeholders and citizens of the District of Columbia. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions, suggested additions to our Research Library, or to request the addition of an upcoming event to our calendar. If you prefer to contact a staff member directly:

The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Joshua Markman
Phone: 202-261-5272
Brookings Institution
1775 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, DC 20036
Benjamin Orr
Phone: 202-797-2969

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