Crime and Criminal Justice

Policing in Minority Communities

By and ·June 29, 2020
Texas A&M University and The Fletcher School, Tufts University

This podcast was recorded on 11th June, 2020.

Policing in minority communities has been a focus of the protests that followed the tragic death of George Floyd. Jennifer Doleac of Texas A&M University speaks with EconoFact's Executive Editor Michael Klein about the need to test a range of policy initiatives,

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Wider Effects of Police Killings in Minority Neighborhoods

By ·June 24, 2020
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

The Issue:

High-profile officer-involved killings of unarmed minorities have sparked nationwide protests and raised important questions about the appropriate role of law enforcement in local communities. These events comprise just a handful of the roughly one thousand officer-involved killings that occur each year

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Economics Research on Racial Disparities in Policing

By and ·June 16, 2020
University of California, Los Angeles

The Issue:

Protests following the horrific death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have brought a new focus to racial disparities in U.S. policing. Administrative data and quantitative research has long documented large race disparities in arrests, traffic searches, speeding tickets, and use of force. For many years,

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Incarceration and the COVID-19 Crisis

By , and ·May 20, 2020
Texas A&M University, New York University and University of Pennsylvania

The Issue:

The novel coronavirus outbreak has focused attention on the potential for disease transmission in prisons and jails. Prisons and jails present significant challenges to containing disease outbreak. Many called for immediate reductions in prison and jail populations in order to protect the health of inmates,

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Football, College Party Culture, and Sexual Assault

By , and ·July 19, 2018
Texas A&M University, University of Technology Sydney, and Montana State University

The Issue:

Sexual assault at colleges and universities in the United States is an important and pervasive problem. The presence of alcohol is involved in a large proportion of these incidents. The federal government has increased awareness of the issue and provided guidance on efforts to prevent sexual violence ...
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Access to Substance Abuse Treatment, Drug Overdose Deaths, and Crime

By , and ·March 16, 2018
Texas A&M University and Montana State University
(Click here for a larger interactive version. Hover over each county to see county-specific estimates.)

The Issue:

Fueled in part by a raging opioid epidemic, drug overdose deaths have surged in the United States since 1999. More people currently die from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle accidents, as drug-related ...
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