EXTERNAL GRANTS, SPRING 2021
As part of a recent initiative, the Office for the Advancement of Research is sharing external grants secured by faculty and staff with the John Jay community, to promote greater awareness of the research and other projects your colleagues are undertaking. OAR hopes these monthly updates will create new opportunities for collaboration and inspiration across disciplines.

The below grants are all new awards, finalized in early 2021. Please join us in congratulating the PIs listed below!
New Awards
SPONSOR: Robin Hood Foundation
PROJECT TITLE: ACE
PERIOD: 7/1/2020 - 6/30/2021
AMOUNT: $615,000
SUMMARY: ACE (Accelerate Complete Engage) at John Jay is a comprehensive program designed to help students complete their academic journey to a bachelor's degree within four years. It assists students with earning degrees by providing a range of financial, academic, and personal supports including academic advisement, career counseling, tuition assistance, and subsidies for textbooks and transportation.

SPONSOR: Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Inc
PROJECT TITLE: FY21-FY22 - GVI/IPVI - Everytown
PERIOD: 10/1/2020 - 12/31/2021
AMOUNT: $145,000
SUMMARY: The grant from Everytown for Gun Safety has enabled the National Network for Safe Communities (NNSC) to partner with one of the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organizations nationwide to train committed, credible grassroots organizers and interested policymaking and leadership networks across the U.S. on its evidence-based violence reduction strategies for group violence and intimate partner violence.

SPONSOR: City of Columbus
PROJECT TITLE: FY21-FY22 - GVI - City of Columbus
PERIOD: 11/16/2020 - 7/15/2021
AMOUNT: $80,000
SUMMARY: The recent grant from City of Columbus allowed NNSC to begin work with Columbus to analyze dynamics surrounding the most serious community violence in the city; Columbus has recently extended further funding to support an ongoing partnership with NNSC to reduce homicide and shooting violence over one year.

SPONSOR: State of Vermont
PROJECT TITLE: FY21-22 - IPVI - State of Vermont, DOC
PERIOD: 12/1/2020 - 11/30/2021
AMOUNT: $140,000
SUMMARY: The recent grant from the Vermont Department of Corrections has allowed the launch of a collaborative effort with interdisciplinary partners in two pilot sites in the state to design and implement a strategy to reduce IPV offending and victimization, enhance victim safety, reduce offender recidivism, and reduce the footprint of incarceration in Vermont.
SPONSOR: Trinity Church Wall Street
PROJECT TITLE: Reforming housing policies that dehumanize and marginalize people with conviction histories
PERIOD: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
AMOUNT: $150,000
SUMMARY: The John Jay College Institute for Justice and Opportunity (the Institute) is working to remove barriers to housing for people with legal system involvement. The Institute is taking a multi-pronged approach to accomplishing that goal, including working with NYC Council Member Stephen Levin to introduce legislation to ban background checks in housing applications, and leading a coalition to change NYCHA policies that currently allow the housing authority to permanently ban tenants with past legal system involvement from NYCHA housing.
SPONSOR: U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) - National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
PROJECT TITLE: Risk and Protective Trajectories, Community Context, and Juvenile Recidivism
PERIOD: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2021
AMOUNT: $116,447
SUMMARY: The purpose of the study is to examine factors that predict juvenile offending and how the likelihood of reoffending varies by changes in risk and protective factors, as well as geographic location in Florida.
SPONSOR: U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) - National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
PROJECT TITLE: Investigating Key Risk Factors across Violent and Non-Violent Extremists in the United States
PERIOD: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2022
AMOUNT: $74,406
SUMMARY: This mixed-method study investigates risk factors highlighted by prior studies and risk assessment tools. It compares the risk factors across and within violent and non-violent Al-Qaeda (AQ)/Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and far-right movements in the U.S., and aims to refine current risk assessments' factors and enhances operational knowledge for resource management for stakeholders like policy-makers, law enforcement, correctional, and probation officers.

SPONSOR: U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) - National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
PROJECT TITLE: Investigating the Root Causes of School Violence: A Case Control Study of School Violent Offenders, Non-School Violent Offenders and Non-Offending Youth
PERIOD: 1/1/2021 - 12/31/2022
AMOUNT: $797,256
SUMMARY: This project applies criminology theories to identify the potential root causes and related factors that contribute to school violence. It compares a sample of 250 adolescent school shooters to two control groups: 250 non-school youth violent offenders and 250 non-offending youths who attended the same school as the shooter. The findings will be used to promote student and school safety.
SPONSOR: National Science Foundation (NSF)
PROJECT TITLE: I-Corps: Digital Solution for Preventing Interpersonal Violence
PERIOD: 3/1/2021 - 8/31/2021
AMOUNT: $50,000
SUMMARY: The focus of this NSF I-Corps project is to address intimate partner violence. The core technology is the development of digital interventions that overcome technical, legal and behavioral barriers that have kept millions of victims from understanding, reporting and accessing assistance.
SPONSOR: National Science Foundation (NSF)
PROJECT TITLE: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: Social Influence in Eyewitness Identification Procedures: Do Blind Administrator Behaviors Magnify the Effects of Suspect Bias?
PERIOD: 6/1/2021 - 5/31/2024
AMOUNT: $75,045
SUMMARY: This project consists of a series of experiments that will examine whether social-influence processes increase the risk of eyewitness misidentification of innocent subjects by exacerbating the effects of factors that bias witnesses toward identifying the subject (e.g., unfair lineups). The findings could support a need to move toward fully computerized administration of eyewitness identification processes, a practice that has yet to be adopted by law enforcement agencies in the United States.
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