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Students wanted police out of schools. The replacements have guns.

In June 2020, amid protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, school districts across the nation began to reexamine their relationships with law enforcement agencies. Denver was among the districts that ended contracts with police and pulled school resource officers off its campuses. Padres & Jôvenes Unidos, a Denver-based […]

Posted inCoronavirus and Inequality

The evidence is piling up that pregnant people should get vaccinated

There’s a long list of things pregnant people are taught to avoid: soft cheeses, cat feces, sushi.  So perhaps it’s no surprise so many expectant mothers are wary of a new vaccine: Only 34% of pregnant women are vaccinated against COVID-19, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even as nearly […]

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Indigenous solutions to climate change could inform nationwide policies

Following heavy rainfall earlier this week, Northwest Washington residents rescued neighbors in fishing boats on washed-out roads. Rising flood waters closed most routes to and from the peninsula where the Lummi Nation Reservation is located. Aerial footage of the area showed houses surrounded by several feet of water, like islands in a sea of flood […]

Posted inCheated at Work

This year at USPS: Mail slowdowns, big executive bonuses for DeJoy and others

The U.S. Postal Service paid its top executives more in bonuses and perks last year than at any other point in the past decade, adding up to $370,622 in extra income for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and four of his deputies, according to a Center for Public Integrity review of the agency’s financial disclosures.  DeJoy […]

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Addressing school safety fears could have unintended consequences

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s promise to add more police officers in schools could have unintended consequences for the state’s children.  New research from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University found that school resource officers can reduce some forms of violence, such as fights and physical assaults.  But those benefits come with tradeoffs: increased absenteeism, especially […]

Posted inHealth

New research links racism to higher preterm birth rates in Black women

Based at Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, The Journalist’s Resource, where this piece was originally published, examines public policy news topics through a research lens — and research through a journalistic lens. Its goal is to get more high-quality research into the media and to summarize and contextualize high-quality research on newsy public policy topics. Two […]

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In the rural South, poor health tied to systemic racism and legacy of slavery

The legacy of slavery looms large in the rural South.  After the Civil War, Jim Crow and a sharecropping system robbed Blacks of wealth and power. Violence and other government-sponsored segregation disenfranchised many Black Southerners until a critical triumph of the Civil Rights movement — the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That same year, Medicaid […]

Posted inInside Public Integrity

Subject of Public Integrity investigation cited over prison banking practices

A private contractor has been ordered to pay restitution over predatory prison banking practices similar to those exposed in a Center for Public Integrity investigation. The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Oct. 19 ordered JPay, a company that provides financial services to prisons and jails across the country, to pay a $2 million fine […]