Browsing by Author "Peterson, Samuel"
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- ItemA Multi-Site Evaluation of Law Enforcement Deflection in the United States(Research and Development Corporation (RAND), 2023-02) Labriola, Melissa; Peterson, Samuel; Taylor, Jirka; Sobol, Danielle; Reichert, Jessica; Ross, John; Charlier, Jac; Juarez, SophiaThis report describes findings from a multi-site evaluation of law enforcement deflection. The authors describe how six programs were implemented and identify key program facilitators and barriers. The authors conducted outcome analyses of two programs which included the A Way Out Program in Lake County, Illinois.
- ItemLake County Illinois deflection program evaluation finds reduced overdoses and property arrests: Research brief(Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, 2023-06-26) Reichert, Jessica; Labriola, Melissa; Peterson, Samuel; Sobol, DanielleDue to the high number of Americans with substance use disorders and the opioid crisis, many law enforcement departments are rethinking how they address the needs of people with substance use issues. With police-based deflection programs, police officers make referrals to substance use disorder treatment and other services. The research team evaluated A Way Out, a Lake County Illinois deflection program, in which citizens can enter a police station and ask for help obtaining substance use disorder treatment without fear of arrest. Using a synthetic control method, we found Lake County had reduced fatal and non-fatal overdoses, including fatal opioid overdoses, and reduced property crime arrests compared to a control group of other Illinois counties. Study results showed support for police deflection and can contribute knowledge to the growing field of deflection. [Author Abstract]
- ItemLeveraging Research and Philanthropy to Reduce Crime and Violence in the Mississippi Delta(RAND Corporation, 2018) Saunders, Jessica; Barnes-Proby, Dionne; Peterson, Samuel"This research project explored how foundations approach funding public safety projects, focusing on two counties (Phillips County, Arkansas, and Coahoma County, Mississippi) in the Mississippi Delta. We conducted a needs assessment of the affected communities, identified and reviewed evidence-based strategies for addressing community problems, and provided a roadmap for developing a comprehensive public safety strategy for these counties. The project began with interviews with representatives of peer philanthropic foundations to learn how these foundations approach community public safety, make funding decisions, and measure their impact; in addition, interviewers gathered advice on working as a newcomer to public safety projects. We also conducted a needs assessment of the priority counties to understand specific crime problems and their causes and correlates. We conducted multiple site visits, dozens of interviews, and two focus groups in each community and reviewed available crime data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local police departments. Next, we searched the research literature to identify a variety of evidence-based approaches to reducing crime, violence, and its causes and correlates that match the needs identified in the Mississippi Delta. The project concluded with the development of a framework for how to think through the various options for selecting and implementing community-level violence prevention and intervention." (RAND Corporation Abstract)