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"It’s important that the conversation is about #massincarceration right now because I think our goal should be no entry and then we won’t have to deal with #reentry ."
Jocelyn Fontaine, one of the lead evaluators Safer Return, answers pressing questions about how to better support returning prisoners.
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In 2011, the National Crime Victimization Survey estimated an annual rate of rape and sexual assault victimization of 1.6 in 1,000 women. That same year, the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey estimated that 16 in 1,000 women were raped.

#rape   #assault   #crime  
Data on rape and sexual assault suffer from inconsistent estimates and underreporting, leading to misunderstandings about the extent of the problem and adequate policy solutions.
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"It’s a step in the right direction that federal lawmakers are looking to cut costs and population while ensuring public safety through the expansion of #earlyrelease . But in seeking these reforms, lawmakers should reflect on the purpose and limits of incarceration for aging individuals along with the broader implications of such action."

#federalprisonreform   #prisonreform  
Nationwide, incarcerating an aging person costs roughly double what it takes to incarcerate a younger one. This problem is especially pronounced in the federal system, where people age 50 and older
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New report: In 2013, households headed by adults age 65 or older devoted a quarter of their income to #housing

#seniors   #seniorliving
Older adults spend much more on housing than health care or anything else.
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Report: 27% of low-income #moms with young kids work a nonstandard schedule.

#parenting   #childcare
How working an erratic schedule and nighttime hours affect parents' child care options.
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New analysis: What we know about immigrant #families -- and why it matters.

#immigration  
A new analysis sheds light on what we know about immigrant families.
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"...It seems fair to say we still have a long way to go around police transparency."

#policetransparency   #informationsharing   #socialmedia  
The White House has strongly promoted the idea of increased police transparency after high-profile incidents of civil unrest throughout 2014 and into 2015. Most law enforcement agencies still have a
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Some neighborhoods are locked in to disadvantage—or privilege.

#neighborhood   #disadvantage   #privilege  
America’s most affluent neighborhoods are worlds apart from its most disadvantaged ones, and the gap has grown in the past two decades.
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#Suicide is the leading cause of death in jails, accounting for 29% of inmate deaths between 2000 and 2009.

#jail   #SandraBland  
When it comes to keeping inmates safe from self-inflicted harm, research points to several important takeaways.
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"More than anything else, policy researchers need to start experimenting with #datascience ."

#data   #research   #techaturban  
By breaking out of the inertia of tradition, we can deepen our understanding of society and governance and leverage data to directly improve lives.
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#1: #FHA helps stabilize the mortgage market.

#mortgage   #GinnieMae   #GSEs   #VA  
What do programs like FHA, VA, and Ginnie Mae really do for the US mortgage market?
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The fast track to ending family #homelessness by 2020 is increasing housing vouchers. But what can we do in the meantime?
Until Congress funds more housing vouchers, here's what service providers need to do to help end family homelessness.
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To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.

Values

We believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. Public policies work best when they are rooted in facts, and our research sparks solutions in programs and practice. Our analyses and recommendations help expand opportunities for all people, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.

How we work

We conduct sophisticated research to understand and solve real-world challenges in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Our work engages communities at multiple levels — city, state, and country — as we gather data and evaluate programs. Urban Institute’s scholars blend academic rigor with on-the-ground collaboration, teaming with policymakers, community leaders, practitioners, and the private sector to diagnose problems and find solutions.

Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates — in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions.

As an organization, the Urban Institute does not take positions on issues. Scholars are independent and empowered to share their evidence-based views and recommendations shaped by research.

Our work environment encourages intellectual honesty, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect. Our analysis elevates debate, wherever it takes place.