Crime Lab

Crime remains one of today¹s most pressing public policy challenges, affecting millions of people worldwide every year. The University of Chicago Crime Lab began working with government agencies and nonprofits in 2008 to discover which crime prevention programs work forwhom, and why. With your support, the Crime Lab will expand efforts such as reforming criminal behavior, designing effective policies to reduce gun violence, evaluating interventions aimed at reducing crime involvement and improving academic outcomes for youth, and leveraging data in crime prevention research.

The Crime Lab conducts randomized trials inspired by medical research, generating evidence to help inform and guide public policy decisions. Using tools from social policy, education, computer science, and behavioral economics, the Crime Lab works to identify strategies for preventing crime from happening in the first place, and steering people who might commit crimes in more positive directions.