Senior Research Associate
Justice Policy Center
"My work on crime and place has convinced me that no safety or violence problems can be addressed in isolation. Approaches to crime prevention and intervention in areas hard hit by violence must be comprehensive, addressing an array of local factors related to crime. And, the residents of these neighborhoods cannot be forgotten; individual well-being drives community well-being and residents are often best-situated to provide the impetus and push to effect change in their neighborhoods".
Meagan Cahill is a Research Associate I in The Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where she is the co-principal investigator in a study examining the delinquency and social networks of Latino youth, a study on the relationship between foreclosures and crime over both space and time, and one examining cross-jurisdictional crime and agency cooperation between the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County (MD). She is also principal investigator for a project on youth delinquency and social networks in the District of Columbia. Previously, she was project director of an evaluation of a longitudinal, multi-site gang-violence reduction and prevention program and principal investigator for a project examining the displacement of crime from public housing redevelopment sites.
Ph.D. in geography from the University of Arizona.
Areas of expertise
Communities and crime, spatial analysis, gangs, juvenile delinquency, crime prevention, crime and housing issues and policies, environmental theories of crime
Selected Publications from Meagan Cahill Community Collaboratives Addressing Youth Gangs: Interim Findings from the Gang Reduction Program
Publications by topic:
Washington D.C. and Region
DC Criminal Justice
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