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John Roman

#GamerGate, Victimization, and the Role of the FBI

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

The FBI cannot prosecute a case without a victim. If you have been a victim of the anonymous #GamerGate mob, let them know. The National Center for Victims of Crime can help too.

Unwarranted Pessimism

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2014 | Money
John Roman, Ph.D.

Maybe it's worth asking if the numbers aren't the problem. Maybe the main problem in the U.S. economy at the moment is not structural, but psychological. Maybe America's got the blues, and that pessimism is keeping us down.

Magic

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
John Roman, Ph.D.

The thing about loss is that it's not a dark, brooding presence. Not like in the movies. Not in reality. Loss hibernates.

How Deadspin Can Maximize Its Innovative Effort to Collect Police Shooting Data

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often and under what circumstances the police shoot civilians.

Should We Actually Arm Citizens and Let Them Police Themselves?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

A city with limited resources and stubbornly high crime rates, Detroit is ripe for justice system innovation. Police Chief James Craig has seized on this opportunity, implementing a broad range of changes to the department.

Social Impact Bonds: Solving Government Problems in Four (Not So) Easy Steps

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

At the cutting edge of new social innovation financing are social impact bonds (SIBs), a potentially transformative idea. The deals transfer risk from the government to the private sector and generate new capital to invest in evidence-based interventions that would otherwise go unfunded.

How Government Can (Finally) Start Paying for Success

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

Government doesn't always work as well as it should, but there are solutions. Today, government pays for programs regardless of whether they work, and bears all of the risk of that investment.

9 Reasons Why Government Doesn't Work

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

State, county and municipal governments are mainly in the business of buying services for their constituents, paying providers to tackle a broad spectrum of social problems. But these governments face significant barriers to reducing costs and delivering high-quality services.

It's Time to Separate Race and U.S. Firearms Policy

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

If we can divorce race and firearms, we can talk about racial disparities in America and figure out if we need to create a more just system. And then we can talk about the Second Amendment.

Justin Bieber Is Exhibit A for a Third Criminal Justice System

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Florida law already recognizes that someone like Bieber is somewhere between adolescence and adulthood. We all stand to gain from a third system geared toward young adults for whom a therapeutic rather than punitive response is likely to be more beneficial to everyone.

How Should Young Adults Be Punished for Their Crimes?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

There is a third period in the maturation process where people are no longer children, but not yet adults. A three-tiered justice system, including a system for 18 to 25 year-olds, could improve the futures of youth who have committed crimes and enhance public safety as well.

The Next Big National Policy Shift in One Chart

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

The partisan divide is as deep today as it perhaps has ever been. Even so, as demonstrated by the imminent passage of the first budget deal in almost five years, the landscape can change rapidly. The next big sea change seems relatively easy to predict...

10 Surprising Ways to Fight Crime

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Though they may run counter to conventional wisdom, these 10 research-backed policy ideas could reduce crime in the United States. Here's how -- and why.

Will iOS7 Protect You From iCrime?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

While the iOS7 kill switch may help slow iCrime, good old-fashioned law enforcement may be even better.

The Truth Behind 10 Popular Crime Myths

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Myth #6: Fingerprints can definitively match a person to a crime scene.