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E-Responder is presented at the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) 2017 Biennial Conference "Transformative Community Psychology" in Canada.

June 22, 2017
» read the poster



Roberta Liggett and Stephanie Ueberall facilitate conversations about violence and structural oppression at the Fund for NYC Health & Hospital Guns Down, Life Up Assembly

June 22, 2017
» learn more about Guns Down, Life Up



Aborn: "The city has said closing Rikers will take 10 years. That timetable does not match the urgency of the problem."

Ten years to close Rikers Island? Here's how to cut that in half
June 12, 2017
» read Aborn's op-ed in Crain's NY Business



TCR: "Social media often acts as a platform to play out threats and insecurities in an effort to win attention and influence."

When Being 'Facebook-Famous' Leads to Violence
June 2, 2017
» read The Crime Report article

A conversation with Cure Violence Interruptors and The Crime Reporter's Stephen Handleman
June 2, 2017
» watch the video



Aborn: "To prevent violence from happening in the first place, Facebook could make it easier for its community to access helpful services."

Facebook needs to do far more to police, deter future Facebook shooters (Opinion)
June 1, 2017
» read Aborn's op-ed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer



Aborn: "Campus carry laws make students less safe, not more secure."

Gun Violence on Campus
May 18, 2017
» read Aborn's NYT Letter to the Editor



Aborn on gang violence online: "This is all about the bravado of confrontation."

Stepped-Up Raids, but Gang Violence Persists
May 18, 2017
» read The New York Times article



Aborn: Facebook has "a responsibility to lead the way and protect their community members and the wider world"

Can We Stop Online Violence?
May 16, 2017
» read Aborn's op-ed



Aborn: "If you do the right thing at the wrong time, it is still wrong"

Law-Enforcement Vets Split on Comey But Think Firing Could Chill Probe
May 15, 2017
» read The Chief Leader article



Ueberall explained how fight videos become viral, widely shared and viewed, and instill feelings of "shame and dishonor that drive violence."

Facebook, Instagram y Snapchat, las nuevas calles de las pandillas en NYC (Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, the new streets of gangs in NYC)
May 13, 2017
» read the El Diario article (in Spanish)



Aborn: "Don't click until you're sure. Even if you know the sender."

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Sketchy Emails
May 12, 2017
» read the Buzzfeed article



Aborn: "It's another example of how technology and science can be a crime-fighting tool."

Expanded DNA testing leads to charges in 1990s slayings
May 6, 2017
» read the NJ Herald article



E-Responder partners discuss our innovative approach to stopping gun violence on social media

Schwab Social Media E4 Mixdown
April 30, 2017
» listen to the Uptown Radio interview



NY1 Online: Policing Under de Blasio

Aborn: "We have stop and frisk at a historic low, we have crime at a historic low, and in the precincts where the NCO program is taking place, crime is going down even more."
April 28, 2017
» watch the NY1 Road to City Hall roundtable



Facebook under scrutiny after Cleveland shooting video

Aborn: "The danger with Facebook is that it provides a platform that can amplify any sort of violence."
April 19, 2017
» watch the Al Jazeera segment



Richard Aborn responds to AG Sessions' Threat to Strip Funding from NYC

Aborn: Taking away crucial funds from the cops who protect us would certainly make us less safe.
March 27, 2017
» read the press release



Richard Aborn and Roberta Liggett participate in a panel on the role of social media in gun violence

From Virtual to Violent: The Role of Social Media in Gun Violence
March 20, 2017
» see video of the panel
» see the Panel Discussion flyer
» read the E-Responder report
» learn more about the Social Media Behavior and Real-World
» Consequences Initiative




The Mean Tweets of New York

Aborn: "We have shown that we can reach youth before online arguments move from the internet to the street."
March 19, 2017
» read the City Lab article
» read the City Lab article (in Spanish)
» read the E-Responder report
» Gang and Group Violence Prevention initiative

From Virtual to Violent: The Role of Social Media in Gun Violence
» see the Panel Discussion flyer



Richard Aborn responds to Trump Firing of Preet Bharara

Aborn: Bharara's dismissal is damaging to the public's trust in government
March 12, 2017
» read the press release



Richard Aborn explains in the Daily News how Trump could make NY unsafe again

The President vs. New York's safety: How Trump is endangering the city's progress
March 11, 2017
» read the NY Daily News op-ed



City Council Speaker and Richard Aborn Detail Plan to Move Petty Crime Cases to Neighborhood Panels

A Case for Neighborhood Justice
March 2, 2017
» read the New York Law Journal op-ed



Richard Aborn Responds to Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address

Aborn: we must continue to work together in order to make NYC safer than ever
February 13, 2017
» read the press release



Richard Aborn responds to the passing of NYPD Detective Steven McDonald

Aborn: "Detective McDonald's legacy of forgiveness, hope and peace will endure."
January 11, 2017
» read the press release



Crime Commission president reacts to NYC's new historic crime lows

Aborn: "These results prove that New York City is the great criminal justice and law enforcement experiment that worked"
January 4, 2017
» read the press release

NYC Experienced the Lowest Rates of Delinquency in 2016
January 4, 2017
» read the El Diario article



Aborn: Trump policies would 'make America unsafe again'

De Blasio: New York's experience proves Trump is wrong on
stop-and-frisk
January 3, 2017
» read the Politico article

NYC Homicide Stats Comparable to '60s; Other Crimes Down as Well
January 3, 2017
» read the Newsday article



Richard Aborn praises NYPD Commissioner O'Neill on crime declines

New NYPD boss, James P. O'Neill, tested early in first 100 days
January 2, 2017
» read the Newsday article



Richard Aborn comments on implicit bias and police reform

Let's Listen to Cops—If We Want Real Policing Reform
December 14, 2016
» read The Crime Report article



Richard Aborn discusses the "great New York experiment" of reducing incarceration, stop and frisk, and arrests while also achieving declines in crime

NYC Homicides Trend Down with 1 Month Left in 2016, Police Say
December 1, 2016
» read the Newsday article



Crime Commission's E-Responder Program featured on Fox 5 NY

Stopping online fights from turning violent
December 1, 2016
» read the Fox 5 NY article and watch video



Richard Aborn discusses why New York City is not experiencing the same murder increases seen in Chicago with podcast host John Catsimatidis

Richard Aborn on the CATS Roundtable Radio Show
November 20, 2016
» listen to the CATS Roundtable Radio Show podcast



Richard Aborn comments on Trump's claim about the murder rate

Trump Continues to Promulgate a Brazen Lie About Crime Statistics, Despite his Fiction Having Been Debunked
November 2, 2016
» read the NY1 article and watch video



Richard Aborn comments on continuing decline in serious crime in NYC

New York City Crime, Homicides Could Hit Record Lows, Stats Show
October 31, 2016
» read the Newsday article



Richard Aborn responds to the resignation of John Jay College President Jeremy Travis

Jeremy Travis to Step Down as President of John Jay College in 2017
October 25, 2016
» read The New York Times article



NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill speaks at Crime Commission Milstein Criminal Justice Policy Forum

New NYPD Commissioner O'Neill Discusses Community Policing, Crime Fighting Strategies at Crime Commission Forum
October 19, 2016
» read the press release
» see video and photos from this event

New York police 'failed' in fatal shooting of woman, commissioner says
October 19, 2016
» read the CNN article

Commissioner: NYPD 'failed' when cop fatally shot mentally ill woman
October 19, 2016
» read the NY Post article

O'Neill to Crime Commission: 'We're Redefining Policing in New York'
October 24, 2016
» read The Chief article

O'Neill's Peril: Trusting de Blasio
October 24, 2016
» read the amNY article



Richard Aborn comments on the impact of stop-and-frisk policies, following Donald Trump's praise for the policing tactic

New York Officials Reject Trump's Call for National Stop-and-Frisk
September 22, 2016
» read the Politico New York article



Richard Aborn comments on NYPD Commissioner Bratton's legacy and expectations of incoming Commissioner O'Neill

Statement on Bratton's Final Day as Police Commissioner, Outlook for NYPD Under O'Neill
September 16, 2016
» read the press release

NYPD's William J. Bratton Steps Away After Decades of Service
September 16, 2016
» read the Newsday article

Ceremonial Send-Off Marks Bratton's Last Day on the Job as Police Commissioner
September 16, 2016
» read the CBS New York article



Crime Commission hosts outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bratton at Milstein Criminal Justice Policy Forum during his final week

Retiring Commissioner Bratton Discusses NYPD's Path, Progress at Crime Commission Forum
September 12, 2016
» read the press release
» see video and photos from this event

Bratton on Future of NYPD's Terrorism Fight
September 12, 2016
» read the Fox 5 NY article and watch video

Bratton, Bidding Adieu, says he Regrets Falling Out with Giuliani
September 12, 2016
» read the Crain's New York article

In Final Days on the Job, Bratton Reflects on a Changing Profession, and Enduring Critics
September 12, 2016
» read the Politico New York article

Bratton Blasts Stop-and-Frisk Critics
September 12, 2016
» read the New York Post article



Richard Aborn comments on NYC's approach to reforming police policy via voluntary changes in The New York Times

Criminal Justice Reforms Stall in a Liberal Capital: New York
August 21, 2016
» read The New York Times article



Richard Aborn comments on the push to legislate police policy

Give the NYPD a Chance to Reform Itself
August 12, 2016
» read the Crain's New York article



Richard Aborn comments on the retirement of NYPD Commissioner Bratton and appointment of Chief O'Neill as successor

Aborn Statement on Retirement of NYPD Commissioner Bratton
August 2, 2016
» read the press release

New York Owes a Huge Debt of Gratitude to Bill Bratton
August 2, 2016
» read the NY Post Op-Ed

Panel Weighs In on Bratton Resignation
August 2, 2016
» watch the NY1 Inside City Hall panel

Incoming Police Commissioner a Veteran Insider Who Rose Up the Ranks
August 2, 2016
» read the NY1 article and watch video

Bratton Leaving NYPD; O'Neill to be New Commissioner
August 2, 2016
» watch the Fox 5 NY interview

Incoming NYPD Commissioner O'Neill Attends 'National Night Out'
August 2, 2016
» watch the ABC 7 NY interview

In O'Neill, activists see a 'hand-picked successor' to Bratton
August 2, 2016
» read the Politico NY article

What Bratton's Resignation Means for the NYPD and Communities They Serve
August 3, 2016
» watch the PIX11 interview

Incoming NYPD Commissioner Faces Tricky Terrain
August 3, 2016
» read the Wall Street Journal article

Bratton Stepping Down;
Mayor Taps O'Neill to Succeed Him as Top Cop
August 8, 2016
» read The Chief article



Richard Aborn responds to the NYPD Inspector General's report on Quality-of-Life Enforcement

NYPD Slams Report Saying Quality Of Life Enforcement Doesn't Impact Serious Crime
June 22, 2016
» read the CBS 2 NY article and watch video

Inspector general: 'broken windows' policing doesn't reduce felonies
June 22, 2016
» read the Fox 5 NY article and watch video



Crime Commission's Clarence Jackson and Stephanie Ueberall facilitate World Café sessions at the NYC Health & Hospital's Guns Down, Life Up Assembly

More than 260 people across 60 organizations gathered at MIST Harlem, for the Third Annual Guns Down, Life Up Assembly. The event brought together from an array of people, including advocates, elected officials, anti-violence professionals, survivors, medical professionals, educators, researchers and youth, to discuss how we can strengthen efforts to reduce violence.
June 8, 2016
» learn more about the assembly
» learn more about Guns Down, Life Up



Richard Aborn is appointed to serve on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform

Members of Rikers Island Review Panel Selected
March 18, 2016
» read the NY Law Journal article

Lippman announces members of criminal justice commission
March 17, 2016
» read the Politco New York article



Richard Aborn comments on the new Bronx District Attorney's focus on Rikers Island cases

Rikers Island Cases Are Focus for New Bronx District Attorney
March 4, 2016
» read the NY Times article



Richard Aborn provides perspective on recent crime trends

Analyzing crime statistics around NYC
August 1, 2015
» watch the WPIX video



Richard Aborn discusses 1,300 new police officers and community policing

The City and State are Making Deals
June 24, 2015
» listen to the WNYC program



Richard Aborn in amNY column: Hire more officers to reduce crime, connect with communities

NYC Needs 1,000 New Cops So It Can Protect Communities Better
May 22, 2015
» read the amNY op-ed



Richard Aborn addresses recent crime trends

NYC Faces Challenges Despite Low Crime Rate
May 20, 2015
» watch the Fox video



Richard Aborn on Summons Court reforms: "Absolutely the right thing to do"

New York City makes changes to Summons Court
April 15, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn weighs in on videotaping of police

Prevalence of video puts police under the lens
April 10, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn discusses shooting of unarmed man by South Carolina police officer

First story by police rarely the 'full story'
April 8, 2015
» watch the CNN video



Richard Aborn in USA Today column:
E-Responders are solution to stopping fights
that escalate from virtual to violent


Stop cyber fights before they get bloody
April 5, 2015
» read the USA Today column
» read about the Citizens Crime Commission social media initiative



Richard Aborn in Times Union op-ed:
Abuse at State prisons should lead to real reform


Reform conditions in New York's prisons
April 1, 2015
» read the Times Union op-ed



Richard Aborn: NYC engaging in "wholesale re-evaluation of the gradation of crimes"

Big Changes Loom in City's Handling of Minor Offenses
March 23, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn: NYPD needs more cops to achieve community policing goals

Mayor is Handcuffed on NYPD Size
March 19, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn discusses efforts to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility

NY1 panel explains merits of plan to better reform 16- and 17-year-old offenders
March 17, 2015
» watch the NY1 video



Richard Aborn weighs in on City's Rikers anti-violence agenda

Aborn: Plan to curb violence good start; new training, body cameras and oversight still needed
March 12, 2015
» read the press release



Op-Ed: Richard Aborn calls for improved oversight at Rikers Island

Ensuring Long-Term Oversight and Accountability at Rikers
February 12, 2015
» read the Gotham Gazette op-ed



Richard Aborn argues for raising the age of criminal responsibility in NY

Youth Justice Defies Easy Fix
February 8, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn explains importance of new NYPD, community relationship

NYC Police Department to Create New Counterterrorism Unit
January 30, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn in amNY column: A way forward on police reforms

NYPD rift is a chance to improve the system
January 16, 2015
» read the amNY op-ed



Richard Aborn addresses NYC arrests drop after police shooting

For Second Week, Arrests Plunge in New York City
January 5, 2015
» read the NY Times article

NYPD Commissioner Bratton to Meet With 5 Police Unions
January 6, 2015
» watch the WPIX video

De Blasio Facing Union Hostility as NYPD Returns to Work
January 12, 2015
» read the Bloomberg News article

New York Police Slowdown Puts Bratton on the Spot
January 15, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn weighs in on future of "broken windows" policing

Mayor's Support for Broken-Windows Policing Gets Scrutiny
January 5, 2015
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn responds to murder of two police officers

This History of Police Assassinations
December 22, 2014
» listen to the WNYC program

Peace seems far away in feud between city hall and police unions
December 22, 2014
» watch the NY1 video

Aborn: Only an inhuman killer would use one tragic death to justify committing another
December 22, 2014
» read the press release

Mayor, NYC Pause to Remember Slain Officers
December 23, 2014
» watch the NBC video



Richard Aborn discusses need for police re-training

New police tactics come after highly publicized deaths
December 15, 2014
» watch the Al Jazeera America video



Richard Aborn evaluates performance of police during protests on The Call

Aborn: Police, protesters have kept the peace
December 15, 2014
» watch the NY1 video



Richard Aborn responds to NYPD marijuana policy change

A Ticket, Not an Arrest, for Marijuana Possession
November 11, 2014
» listen to the WNYC program

NYPD to Stop Arresting for Minor Marijuana Possession, Will Issue Tickets Instead
November 10, 2014
» read the Daily News article

Aborn: Smart to handle low-level pot possession with tickets, not arrests
November 10, 2014
» read the press release

Panel Weighs in on Impact of New Marijuana Policy
November 13, 2014
» watch the NY1 video



Richard Aborn comments on past NYPD policing strategy, next steps

Misdemeanor Arrests for Young Black Men in NYC Soared Until 2010, Then Fell: Study
October 29, 2014
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn talks about Crime Commission Initiatives, policing on City Talk

City Talk: Richard Aborn, Citizens Crime Commission
October 22, 2014
» watch the video



Richard Aborn comments on effort to prosecute hate crimes in Brooklyn

Brooklyn DA Thompson sets up hate crimes unit
September 30, 2014
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Richard Aborn calls for police militarization funds to go to NY counter-terror efforts instead

Demilitarize towns, help fund the NYPD
September 29, 2014
» read the Daily News op-ed



Richard Aborn discusses evolution of NYC policing 50 years after Harlem riots

NY1 segment: Fatal 1964 Incident Sparked Days of Riots in Harlem
August 22, 2014
» watch the NY1 video



Richard Aborn responds to NYPD's announced review of police training

Aborn: Change NYPD Tactics, Not Priorities to Improve Community Relations and Keep Crime Down in NYC
July 24, 2014
» read the press release



Richard Aborn weighs in on police tactics following death of Eric Garner

The fallout from the death of Eric Garner
July 22, 2014
» listen to the WNYC program

The Call: The First Word
July 24, 2014
» watch the NY1 video

An Analysis of Police Conduct During Eric Garner Death
July 26, 2014
» watch the WPIX News Closeup video



Richard Aborn responds to shocking death of Rikers Island inmate

Statement on death of prisoner Jerome Murdough
March 19, 2014
» read the press release



Richard Aborn joins NY Attorney General, NYPD Commissioner to announce legislation by Rep. Serrano to mandate smartphone "kill switch"

Schniderman, Aborn, Bratton, Serrano introduce Smartphone Theft Prevention Act
March 3, 2014
» read the NY Attorney General press release



Crime Commission President makes the practical case for Gov. Cuomo's proposed college inmate education program in the New York Daily News

College for convicts? Yes
February 23, 2014
» read the NY Daily News Op-Ed



Police Commissioner Bratton details changes to NYPD, policing strategy at Crime Commission breakfast

Bratton Takes Message of Change to Legal Community
February 7, 2014
» read the NY1 article and watch video

Bratton begins overhaul of NYPD
February 7, 2014
» read the Crain's NY article

Bratton Commits To Making NYPD Data More Accessible
February 7, 2014
» read the City & State article

Bratton goes high tech to 'open up' the NYPD
February 7, 2014
» read the Capital NY article

NYPD May Sign On With Social Media Surveys
February 7, 2014
» read the Wall Street Journal article



Crime Commission president discusses Police Commissioner Kelly's legacy with CBS News

The Exit Interview of NYC's Top Cop Ray Kelly
December 29, 2013
» read the CBS News article and watch video



Richard Aborn assesses Bloomberg's crime legacy on the Brian Lehrer Show

Three Questions About Bloomberg
December 12, 2013
» listen to the WNYC program



Richard Aborn discusses Mayor-elect de Blasio's appointment of William Bratton as next NYPD Commissioner

Statement on Appointment of William Bratton as Next Police Commissioner
December 5, 2013
» read the press release

Instant Reax To Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio's Pick of Bill Bratton for NYPD Commissioner
December 5, 2013
» read the NY Daily News article

Which Bill Bratton Is NYC Getting?
December 5, 2013
» read and listen to the NPR story



Richard Aborn weighs in on CBS News:
When fashion becomes dangerous


Brands and blood: When fashion becomes dangerous
November 28, 2013
» read the CBS News article and watch video



Richard Aborn discusses the challenges facing NYC's New Mayor

Challenges Aplenty Await New York's New Mayor
November 6, 2013
» read the NY Times article



Richard Aborn discusses the challenges facing a new NYPD Commissioner

Potential New Police Commissioner Would Have Slim Margin of Error to Keep Crime Low
November 4, 2013
» read the NY1 article and watch video



Richard Aborn discusses NYC's current and future counter terrorism challenges on the Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Anti-Terror
October 2, 2013
» listen to the WNYC program



NY Chief Judge Lippman Announces Revolutionary Approach to Human Trafficking at Crime Commission Breakfast

Aborn's statement on new Human Trafficking Intervention Initiative
September 25, 2013
» read the press release

With Special Courts, State Aims to Steer Women Away From Sex Trade
September 25, 2013
» read the NY Times article

State To Lessen Penalties For Sex Trafficking Victims, Prostitutes
September 25, 2013
» watch the NY1 video



Richard Aborn discusses the merits of body cameras in policing

Greensboro Police Department Considers Body Cameras a Plus in Fighting Crime
August 14, 2013
» watch the NY1 video



Richard Aborn weighs in on the court ruling to appoint a monitor to oversee the NYPD's Stop & Frisk policy

Independent Monitor to Oversee Changes to Stop and Frisk
August 13, 2013
» watch the ABC7 video



Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, addresses the issue of public corruption and the role of the prosecutor

Public Corruption in New York: More than a Prosecutor's Problem
April 22, 2013
» read U.S. Attorney Bharara's remarks

Just Like Barnacles on a Boat
April 23, 2013
» read the Times Union article

No Single Fix for Corruption: U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara
April 22, 2013
» read the NY Daily News article

Pervasive Corruption Now at Unacceptable Levels, Bharara Says
April 23, 2013
» read the New York Law Journal article

New York's Corruption at Unacceptable Levels
April 23, 2013
» read the JD Journal article

U.S. Attorney Bharara Suggests Albany Anti-Corruption Efforts are Weak
April 22, 2013
» watch the NY1 video



The Crime Commission applauds the historic achievement of the NYPD in continuing to make NYC the safest large city in America

Statement on Historic Low Homicide Rate
January 3, 2013
» read the press release



Richard Aborn applauds NYPD's Operation Crew Cut

Statement on NYPD's Operation Crew Cut
October 2, 2012
» read the press release

NYPD to Double Gang Unit, Combat Social Media-Fueled Crime
October 2, 2012
» read the NY1 article



Richard Aborn commends NYPD for anti-iPhone theft efforts

NYPD Launches 'Anti-Apple Picking' Campaign
September 20, 2012
» read the WABC-TV article and watch interview




Richard Aborn calls for judicial pay raises and public financing of judicial campaigns in NY Daily News Op-Ed

City Should Help Judicial System
January 22, 2008
» read the NY Daily News Op-Ed




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