The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes.
CPRC was founded by Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., economist and political commentator. Lott has worked at various academic institutions including the University of Chicago, Yale University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the American Enterprise Institute conservative think tank. He is currently a Fox News opinion contributor. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.
Lott is a prolific author for both academic and popular publications. He has published over 90 articles in academic journals and written seven books, including More Guns, Less Crime, The Bias Against Guns, and Freedomnomics. His most recent book is At the Brink: Will Obama Push Us Over the Edge? He is also a frequent writer of op-eds.
Dr. John E. Whitley is an economist and public policy expert. Whitley has been a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses and was Director of Program Analysis and Evaluation at the Department of Homeland Security from 2008 to 2010. He worked as an Operations Research Analyst at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and served in the U.S. Army from 1988 to 1992. Whitley holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Adelaide and George Washington University.
CPRC’s primary goals are to:
- Advance the scientific understanding of the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.
- Improve the awareness and knowledge of this scientific understanding among the public, journalists, and policy makers.
- Enhance public safety through these scientific advances and improved awareness and knowledge.
CPRC accomplishes these goals through a core set of activities that include:
- Conducting and publishing academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime and public safety.
- Supporting affiliated academics in conducting and publishing similar research by means such as providing direct financial support, sharing data, and providing technical assistance.
- Educating the public, journalists, and policy makers on the results of research on these issues by means such as books, public lectures, newspaper columns, academic seminars, and information briefings.
- Making research and data available to researchers, the public, policy makers, and journalists by maintaining a comprehensive website.
- Engaging in other related activities consistent with the mission and goals of CPRC.
CPRC is a Colorado non-profit corporation. CPRC has filed for 501(c)3 status with the IRS to ensure that donations are tax exempt. In keeping with 501(c)3 status, CPRC will focus exclusively on research and education and will not engage in advocacy.
Board of Directors
CPRC’s founding Board of Directors currently includes the following invited members:
- Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., Chair
- Dr. Butch Browning, Senior Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University
- Professor Robert G. Hansen, senior associate dean, Tuck School of Business
- Mr. Ted Nugent
CPRC’s founding officers to be installed in the first Board meeting are:
- President: Dr. John R. Lott, Jr.
- Research Director: Dr. John E. Whitley, Senior Fellow, Institute for Defense Analyses
- Secretary: Mr. Ted Nugent
- Treasurer: Professor Robert G. Hansen, senior associate dean, Tuck School of Business