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Understanding Illegal Gun Market Characteristics and Dynamics in New York City

Funding Agency: City of New York

Principal Investigator: Dr. Rod K. Brunson

Abstract The Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (Rutgers) will conduct an applied research project to understand the operation of underground gun markets, especially those transactions that arm the most dangerous people, in New York City. The resulting detailed description of the pathways through which criminals obtain firearms will be useful in setting prosecution and... Learn More


Race, Place & Discretion in the Prosecution of Drug-Free Zone Charges

Funding Agency: National Science Foundation (NSF)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elizabeth Griffiths

Abstract Since the 1980s, all states have passed “drug-free zone” laws providing added penalties for offenders charged with distributing, or possessing with the intent to distribute, any controlled substance in public locations surrounding schools, parks, and public housing. These laws are intended to keep illicit substances out of areas where children congregate, protect children from... Learn More