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Monday, November 20th, 2017 @ 9:35AM

Smart Decarceration Moves Forward

Efforts to reform our nation’s broken criminal justice system at the federal level have stalled in the current dysfunctional environment, but they are not quite dead. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, chair of the Judiciary Committee, joined with Democratic Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois to reintroduce a bill they…

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017 @ 11:04AM

Smart Decarceration Trumps Lock Them Up Policies

Carrie Pettus-Davis & Charles E. Lewis Jr.  During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump fancied himself to be the “law and order” candidate, promising to be tough on crime should he win the White House. United States Attorney Jeff Sessions sought to make good on that promise recently when he sent a…

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Tuesday, February 16th, 2016 @ 9:56AM

NASW-Alabama Striving for Social Justice

The Alabama chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) held its Annual State Conference last week with the theme: Answering the Call for Cause and Community. Social workers in Alabama, like many others, are beginning to understand that change will only come through organized concerted efforts that involve…

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Monday, November 30th, 2015 @ 2:36PM

Time to End the War on Drugs

More than 44 years have passed since President Richard Milhous Nixon declared his “war on drugs.” That battle cry was proclaimed in June 1971 following the tumultuous 1960s that saw the United States transformed in many ways.  During the decade, Americans witnessed statutory victories by the civil rights movement that…

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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 @ 2:43PM

Race and Public Policy

Policies that exclude and deny opportunity to specific groups of Americans are always counterproductive.  Ultimately, any economic gains that may accrue to one group of people from reduced competition for perceived scarcity of resources will be offset by the lack of productivity of those who were denied.  The output of…

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 @ 11:19AM

CRISP, McSilver Institute Host Congressional Briefing

The Congressional Research Institute for Research and Poverty (CRISP) is partnering with the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research to host a congressional briefing on Disrupting the Cradle-to-Prison Pipeline: Juvenile Justice, Race, and Poverty that will focus on Senate bill S. 1169—The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Reauthorization Act…

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