University of Chicago Crime Lab expands to New York City

Staff Writer

The University of Chicago Crime Lab will extend its reach to New York City.

Crime Lab New York will provide policymakers with objective, scientific evidence to help reduce crime and violence and the toll the criminal justice system takes.

Chicago’s Crime Lab helps build evidence-based analysis of policies to address issues of crime and crime reduction in an urban area.

“Growing out of our strong partnership with the city of Chicago, the Crime Lab model has shown that it is possible for researchers and policymakers to collaborate in a way that uses rigorous scientific study to improve human lives,” said U. of C. President Robert J. Zimmer.

Crime Lab New York is located near the Office of Criminal Justice and has partnered with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“We now have the opportunity to make New York City the leading laboratory in the country for criminal justice innovation,” de Blasio said. “This partnership will allow us to study how interventions like algebra tutoring and extended hours at community centers can provide significant public safety returns to help our city maintain low crime and violence rates.”

The lab is being funded with a four-year, $4.5 million grant.