Laura Pacifici

Laura Pacifici is a research assistant in the Justice Policy Center of the Urban Institute.

Violence is up in America. What does it mean?

By John Roman and Laura Pacifici  ::  June 4th, 2013

Yesterday, the FBI announced preliminary crime statistics for 2012 as reported by local police agencies. After five years of large declines in violence—and a more than two-decade trend toward less violence—the number of violent crimes were up slightly. The FBI reports that, “[i]n 2012, the violent crime offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter increased 1.5 […]

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Stemming the tide of Federal prison growth

By Nancy La Vigne and Laura Pacifici  ::  May 17th, 2013

    For years, lawmakers on Capitol Hill watched as the federal prison system continued to grow. But as the federal government increasingly tightens its belt through furloughs and budget cuts, Congressional leaders are turning their attention to curbing this unsustainable growth. This issue is increasingly receiving bipartisan support, as policymakers from across the political […]

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