The Division of Experimental Criminology of the American Society of Criminology recently awarded the 2014 Award for the Outstanding Experimental Field Trial to an article by Heather M. Harris,CCJS Graduate Student, and Lawrence Sherman, Professor of Criminology, published on open access which is available for free download at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11292-014-9203-x.
This Journal of Experimental Criminology article reports a 64% increase in death rates for all causes among misdemeanor domestic violence victims over 23 years after their abusers were randomly assigned to arrest, in comparison to the police issuing a warning but not arresting the abuser. The increase in death was almost 100% among African-American victims, compared to 9% of white victims; 70% of the victims were African-American. A conference about this article and related research was held last week at the 14th Jerry Lee Capitol Hill Symposium on Evidence-Based crime Policy in Washington, DC, as reported by Ted Gest in The Crime Report.
Professor Sherman would like to thank the Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, the National Institute of Justice, and to the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice for making this study possible, and to Dr. David Mazeika for launching the followup; special thanks to the late Captain Anthony Bacich of the Milwaukee PD and to the late Dr. Dennis Rogan of the University of Maryland for the outstanding initial work on the experiment in 1987-1991.