Professor Lawrence Sherman wins Yale Medal

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Lawrence W. Sher­man, a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land and Wolf­son Pro­fes­sor of Crim­i­nol­o­gy Emer­i­tus at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cam­bridge, has made major con­tri­bu­tions to the study of polic­ing and vio­lence pre­ven­tion. He has been deeply engaged in edu­cat­ing police lead­ers to apply social sci­ence to trans­form their work in the US, UK, India, Aus­tralia, Swe­den, Den­mark, Trinidad & Toba­go, Uruguay, Viet­nam and Cana­da.

A pio­neer in exper­i­men­tal crim­i­nol­o­gy, Sher­man has led over 40 ran­dom­ized con­trolled tri­als on key issues in deter­rence and crime pre­ven­tion. His exper­i­ments on arrests for domes­tic vio­lence include one of the most high­ly cit­ed arti­cles in a cen­tu­ry of the Amer­i­can Soci­o­log­i­cal Review, lead­ing to his “defi­ance the­o­ry” that arrests increase vio­lence in the absence of legit­i­mate sanc­tion­ing author­i­ty, but reduce abuse in well-bond­ed com­mu­ni­ties. His work on police killings of sus­pects was cit­ed by the US Supreme Court in Ten­nessee v. Gar­ner (1985), which banned most shoot­ings of flee­ing sus­pects. As found­ing Edi­tor of the Cam­bridge Jour­nal of Evi­dence-Based Polic­ing, he helps police lead­ers and “pra­ca­d­e­mics” to con­duct and pub­lish their own research on how to pre­vent crime and enhance police legit­i­ma­cy. His devel­op­ment of the Crime Harm Index has trans­formed the report­ing of crime in sev­er­al coun­tries beyond raw counts into a mean­ing­ful gauge of safe­ty.

A fel­low and for­mer pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Polit­i­cal and Social Sci­ence, the Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Crim­i­nol­o­gy, the Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety of Crim­i­nol­o­gy and the Acad­e­my of Exper­i­men­tal Crim­i­nol­o­gy, Sher­man was award­ed the Ben­jamin Franklin Medal of the Roy­al Soci­ety of Arts, the Bec­ca­ria Medal of the Ger­man Soci­ety of Crim­i­nol­o­gy, and the Medal of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bia­lystok. He holds hon­orary doc­tor­ates from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Stock­holm and Deni­son Uni­ver­si­ty. He was Knight­ed by the King of Swe­den for his work in cre­at­ing the Stock­holm Prize in Crim­i­nol­o­gy.”

Source: https://gsas.yale.edu/news/yale-graduate-school-honors-four-alumni-wilbur-cross-medals

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