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Reducing Violence and Building Trust: Data to Guide Enforcement of Gun Laws in Baltimore

August 28, 2020

This report is the product of the Reducing Violence, Building Trust: Data to Guide Gun Law Enforcement in Baltimore project. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research (JHCGPR) collected and analyzed data relevant to the enforcement of laws restricting the possession of firearms by prohibited individuals and unlawful carrying of concealed firearms to provide data-driven recommendations for more fair and effective practices. The project was designed to help inform the response to the dual crises in Baltimore—extraordinarily high rates of gun violence, and gun law enforcement practices that, in some cases, have violated the law and more generally weakened community members' trust in the police.

Life After Prison: Tracking the Experiences of Male Prisoners Returning to Chicago, Cleveland, and Houston

May 15, 2010

Examines the reentry experiences of 652 men in the three cities, including housing stability, family relationships, substance use, employment, and recidivism. Analyzes outcome predictors such as prison programs, job training, and family structure.

Toxic Baby Furniture: The Latest Case for Making Products Safe From the Start

June 10, 2008

Estimates indoor pollution levels of formaldehyde -- linked to increased risks of allergies, asthma, and cancer -- emitted by cribs, changing tables, and other baby furniture. Makes suggestions for avoiding exposure and for regulatory action.

Upstream, Downstream: From Good Intentions to Cleaner Waters

May 1, 2008

Findings of a unique study of public attitudes about stormwater in the Baltimore, MD region are explored in this report. Four focus groups were conducted to develop themes for further followup in telephone surveys of 800 Baltimore area residents. Respondents clearly indicated that altruistic concern for the environment is not enough to spur behavior change. They are motivated by self interest. Key points of the research are:Stormwater is an urgent problemThe public is uninformed, but willing to be engagedPeople are motivated by health concernsA focused public information campaign has the capacity to reach people and change behavior

The Cost of the Death Penalty in Maryland

March 6, 2008

Analyzes 1,136 capital cases between 1978 and 1999 to estimate the total costs to the state's taxpayers (i.e., prison and adjudication costs for the duration of the case) when the death penalty is sought compared to when it is not.