In a recent issue of the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy’s Translational Criminology, WestEd’s Anthony Petrosino, Ashley Boal, and Augustus Mays examine state and federal policy responses following three school shootings, and pose several questions that educators and policymakers should consider to guide conversations and subsequent decision-making grounded in the latest research and best practices.

At both the federal and state levels, the processes by which policymakers developed policy responses is largely unknown and is an area that would benefit from further research aimed at identifying how decisions were made and the effectiveness of enacted policies. Until more research is available to guide decision-making, it is valuable to think through strategies and key questions that facilitate sound and research-informed policy development.

See pages 4-6 of Translational Criminology (Fall 2018) to read the full article.