District of Columbia Crime Policy Institute

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Meta-Analytic Cost-Benefit Estimates DCPI presentation to its Research Advisory Group. It discusses the meta-analytic and cost-benefit methods used to develop predictive cost-benefit estimates of programs potentially implemented in the District. It covers the goals of the project and the methods used before demonstrating the utility of the model with a comparative meta-analysis of six criminal justice programs for adult offenders. (April 20, 2011)

Testimony Before the DC Council Committee on Human Services DCPI Director John Roman and DCPI Senior Advisor Akiva Liberman were asked to testify before the District of Columbia Council, Committee on Human Services (Chairperson Jim Graham) during its oversight hearing for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. Dr. Roman discussed innovative practices such as the Reclaiming Futures initiative, drug courts, and Project HOPE and how practices such as these can better serve system-involved juveniles. Dr. Liberman discussed the trajectories and outcomes of serious adolescent offenders, multi-modal interventions, and the need for data analysis across systems to fully understand youth commitments in the District. (April 7, 2011)
John Roman written testimony                   Committee Webcast Part 1
Akiva Liberman written testimony               Committee Webcast Part 2*
(*Note: Dr. Roman's testimony begins at 3:11:20; Dr. Liberman's testimony begins at 3:17:28)

"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 District of Columbia 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.  John Roman written testimony |  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:

Lindsey Cramer
The Urban Institute
2100 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-261-5385

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