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Policy Insights in Crime, Violence, & Conflict

J-PAL’s Crime, Violence, & Conflict sector focuses on promoting safe communities and designing effective policies to manage and reduce violence and conflict. The policy insight below summarizes lessons from randomized evaluations on the impact of programs that draw on principles of cognitive behavioral therapy to reduce crime and violence.

Chris Blattman (University of Chicago) and Jens Ludwig (University of Chicago); Crime, Violence, & Conflict Co-Chairs

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Reducing criminal behavior through cognitive behavioral therapy

Last updated: April 2018
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can reduce criminal behavior among both at-risk youth and criminally engaged men, likely by helping them focus more on the future, change their self-perceptions, and/or slow their decision-making. Read More

Sector Chairs

Chris Blattman


Jens Ludwig


Sector Contacts

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Cillian Nolan

Senior Policy Manager

[email protected]
(617) 258-0873

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Aprille Knox

Senior Policy Associate

[email protected]
(617) 452-5088