Topic: Crime and Justice

Six Urban Institute blog posts from 2014 that warrant another look

By Zach McDade  ::  December 30th, 2014

As Urban Institute’s blog editor, I have the privilege of closely reading every post we put up—some 300 in 2014. Not only does my job expose me to a vast range of empirical research across the spectrum of public policy, I am continually impressed by my colleagues’ insight about policy and the people it is […]

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How much do we know about the prevalence of sexual violence across ethnic and racial groups?

By Nathaniel Anderson and Jon Schwabish and Ben Southgate  ::  December 9th, 2014

The data we have about sexual violence are lacking. Using data on sexual violence from one of the largest surveys on personal health behaviors—the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System—we are only able to find estimates for 28 of 90 different minority groups. We also don’t know how rates of sexual violence vary across different racial and ethnic […]

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Sharing data for America’s communities

By Ellen Seidman  ::  December 9th, 2014

As late as the early 1990s, people working in and for America’s low-income communities relied primarily on the Decennial Census for information. The Census was the only publicly available, reliable, and comprehensive source of data about the community—the people and the housing. If you wanted different or more recent data or information about places with […]

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A bipartisan call for better evidence to inform policy

By Margery Turner  ::  December 1st, 2014

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman (soon to be Ways and Means Committee Chairman) Paul Ryan (R-WI) have offered a welcome respite from partisan rancor with their proposal for an evidence-based policymaking commission. The commission would make recommendations about how to expand the use of data to evaluate both […]

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Online threats: Free speech or harassment and abuse?

By Janine Zweig  ::  December 1st, 2014

These days, it seems like we’re inundated with tweets, status updates, and shares. Some might be worth a like or a retweet; others deserve no more than an eyeroll. But some social media posts go beyond the typical, mundane update and hint at offline violence or threats. At what point do these posts cross the […]

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Police failure to investigate rape cases goes beyond New Orleans

By Janine Zweig  ::  November 20th, 2014

Once again, Louisiana is in the news for its poor treatment of rape victims. This time, the story is the New Orleans Police Department’s routine failure to investigate sexual assault claims. Stories in the Times-Picayune detail how investigators ignored women’s claims, didn’t submit rape kits for testing, and didn’t follow up when kits came back […]

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Getting creative to research gun violence

By Sam Bieler  ::  November 19th, 2014

Explore the interactive feature, “Raising the Voices of Gun Violence”.  For such a hot-button issue, the amount we don’t know about gun violence in America is startling. People are often shocked to learn how basic the gaps in our information are: we’re hazy on how many guns are in any given area, we regularly underreport […]

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To gauge the health of your whole community, look to your teens

By Laudan Aron  ::  November 18th, 2014

Last week, I shared a starter list of principles that can help guide health-promoting community investments. That list was inspired by a large and growing body of research on the social determinants of health: conditions within our families, neighborhoods, and communities that shape our health and survival. That same body of research points to an important […]

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Urban Institute's first data dive calls for better data on domestic violence

By Jon Schwabish  ::  November 14th, 2014

Roughly 1 in 4 women is estimated to be a victim of intimate partner abuse. In certain populations, where data may be less reliable and sample sizes may be smaller, rates of domestic abuse may be even higher. For example, estimates suggest that about 1 out of every 2 women in the Asian/Pacific Islander community […]

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