LJAF not only develops strategies to more effectively deal with individuals once they have entered the criminal justice system, we also work to prevent people from committing crimes in the first place.
A major portion of our funding in this area supports the University of Chicago Crime Lab and its new hub in New York City. The Labs are developing, testing, and implementing data-driven approaches to reduce crime and violence in their respective cities. Programs that are proven to be successful are then replicated and expanded.
We are also investigating whether increased access to health care coverage can help reduce recidivism. Our grants support researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University who are studying new programs that provide former inmates with access to medical, behavioral health, and social services under the Affordable Care Act.
Additionally, we are examining cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs for at-risk individuals. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented treatment designed to alter the dysfunctional thought and decision-making patterns that contribute to negative behavior. LJAF is funding a large-scale study of the Becoming a Man and Match programs, which involve CBT and high-intensity tutoring for youth in Chicago.