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CRF Methodology Workshop Leader Daniel Nagin Awarded Prestigious International Prize in Criminology

Earlier this week, Carnegie Mellon University’s Daniel S. Nagin led a three-day workshop at the University of Massachusetts teaching family researchers statistical techniques for analyzing how groups of people change over time. Now Professor Nagin is heading to Sweden where he will be presented with the 2014 Stockholm Prize in Criminology.

The award recognizes Nagin’s outstanding research showing that sending lawbreakers to prison tends to increase crime rates, rather than reduce them. His work has shifted U.S. crime policy from more punishment to better prevention efforts, such as investing in police. As a result, incarceration in the United States is on the decline for the first time in 40 years.
CMU’s President Subra Suresh called incarceration “one of America’s most pressing social concerns, one that affects individuals, families and government at all levels.”

“The Stockholm Prize is a well-deserved recognition of his powerful contributions to the field,” Suresh added.

Since 2006, the prize ceremony has been the highlight of the Stockholm Criminology Symposium, an annual event organized by the Swedish National Council of Crime Prevention. The Symposium is an international hub where criminology researchers and practitioners come together to share knowledge and insight with the common goal of reducing crime and improving public safety in communities around the world.

The Center for Research on Families is honored to have hosted Professor Nagin for the past five years, as part of the Center’s summer methodology workshops. He teaches the annual Analyzing Developmental Trajectories course.

For more information about Professor Nagin, see this Carnegie Mellon press release.