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What We Can Learn About Criminal Justice from Our Wounded Warriors

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.11.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Trauma-informed care can and should be an essential part of the process to help both victims and offenders build stable lives. Building mental health care into the recovery process the same way we are beginning to do for veterans is key to stopping the cycle of violence.

#GamerGate, Victimization, and the Role of the FBI

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

The FBI cannot prosecute a case without a victim. If you have been a victim of the anonymous #GamerGate mob, let them know. The National Center for Victims of Crime can help too.

Children Are On the Ballot

Bruce Lesley | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Children do not vote. And, if politicians are not listening and are taking actions contrary to the needs of children, voters must hold them accountable for their actions or inactions or we will fail our kids and our future.

Unwarranted Pessimism

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.08.2014 | Money
John Roman, Ph.D.

Maybe it's worth asking if the numbers aren't the problem. Maybe the main problem in the U.S. economy at the moment is not structural, but psychological. Maybe America's got the blues, and that pessimism is keeping us down.

How Deadspin Can Maximize Its Innovative Effort to Collect Police Shooting Data

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

In the wake of the recent deaths at police hands of Michael Brown and so many others, people have rightly called for a thorough empirical analysis of how often and under what circumstances the police shoot civilians.

Congress Should Protect and Not Gamble with Health of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

In 1997, facing a crisis where 1 in 7 children had no health insurance coverage in the United States, a Republican-led Congress worked with President ...

Social Impact Bonds: Solving Government Problems in Four (Not So) Easy Steps

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

At the cutting edge of new social innovation financing are social impact bonds (SIBs), a potentially transformative idea. The deals transfer risk from the government to the private sector and generate new capital to invest in evidence-based interventions that would otherwise go unfunded.

How Government Can (Finally) Start Paying for Success

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

Government doesn't always work as well as it should, but there are solutions. Today, government pays for programs regardless of whether they work, and bears all of the risk of that investment.

9 Reasons Why Government Doesn't Work

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
John Roman, Ph.D.

State, county and municipal governments are mainly in the business of buying services for their constituents, paying providers to tackle a broad spectrum of social problems. But these governments face significant barriers to reducing costs and delivering high-quality services.

Political Gridlock Is an Enemy of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

With important issues facing our nation, very little is getting done. And for our nation's children, stalemate in Congress precludes action on addressing a wide array of problems.

Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S.

Ben Thornley | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

In short, active impact investing markets are built on substantial policy foundations.

Invest in Kids: Restoring the American Dream

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The American dream is in crisis. According to a recent nationwide poll by American Viewpoint, by overwhelming margins, American voters believe that the lives of children have gotten worse rather than better over the past decade.

Killed by a Gun

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager he thought seemed "bad" -- this time, because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to music the grownup didn't like. In this outrageous Florida case, a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car. Jurors agreed he faced no threat after he was annoyed by loud music -- coming from a car he had deliberately chosen to park next to -- and then started an argument, pulled a gun on the car's black teens, and fired three shots at the young men inside the car as they tried to drive away from him.

It's Time to Separate Race and U.S. Firearms Policy

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

If we can divorce race and firearms, we can talk about racial disparities in America and figure out if we need to create a more just system. And then we can talk about the Second Amendment.

Money Matters for Both Senior Citizens and Their Grandkids

Bruce Lesley | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Although there are deniers of this fact when it comes to children, such as those who insist the vast inequities in school funding somehow do not matter, the facts overwhelmingly point to just how very important it is.

Justin Bieber Is Exhibit A for a Third Criminal Justice System

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Florida law already recognizes that someone like Bieber is somewhere between adolescence and adulthood. We all stand to gain from a third system geared toward young adults for whom a therapeutic rather than punitive response is likely to be more beneficial to everyone.

How Should Young Adults Be Punished for Their Crimes?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

There is a third period in the maturation process where people are no longer children, but not yet adults. A three-tiered justice system, including a system for 18 to 25 year-olds, could improve the futures of youth who have committed crimes and enhance public safety as well.

Will Heartless Republicans Screw Themselves By Screwing the Jobless?

Peter Dreier | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The same Republicans who slashed jobless benefits also recently cut food stamps, taking food out of the mouths of children, causing incredible and unnecessary suffering. This was not only callous and mean-spirited, it may also turn out to be politically stupid.

Are Headhunters Chowing Down on Boomers?

Arlene Schindler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

A site will compare my resume side-by-side with a half-dozen other candidates who went to better schools, worked at greater companies and possibly had better careers than I did. It's so depressing; I'd rather watch my own colonoscopy -- polyps and all -- again.

The Next Big National Policy Shift in One Chart

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

The partisan divide is as deep today as it perhaps has ever been. Even so, as demonstrated by the imminent passage of the first budget deal in almost five years, the landscape can change rapidly. The next big sea change seems relatively easy to predict...

10 Surprising Ways to Fight Crime

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Though they may run counter to conventional wisdom, these 10 research-backed policy ideas could reduce crime in the United States. Here's how -- and why.

Is the American Criminal Justice System Color-blind?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Noting that the American criminal justice system handles criminal cases differently depending on race is hardly newsworthy. From stop-and-frisk to motor vehicle searches at traffic stops to sentencing, racial disparities abound in modern America. However, until the George Zimmerman trial for Trayvon Martin's death, one gaping disparity had received little attention.

Gentrification Will Reduce Crime and Violence, But Only if Poor People Stay

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Crime is contagious. Of that, there is little doubt. A central predictor of crime levels in a neighborhood is how much crime there is in the neighborhood next door. Communities that share borders share crime (technically, this is known as spatial autocorrelation).

Will iOS7 Protect You From iCrime?

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

While the iOS7 kill switch may help slow iCrime, good old-fashioned law enforcement may be even better.

Saki Knafo

10 Ways To Reduce Prison Overcrowding And Save Taxpayers Millions

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.08.2013 | Politics

America’s federal prisons are in trouble. They’re so crowded they’re endangering the lives of inmates and corrections officers, the director ...