Kim Wilson, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) into law. Congress enacted the CRA to combat redlining and encourage banks to increase their lending in nearby low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. “Redlining” refers to the practice of loan officers refusing to lend to entire communities […]

Olivia Shaffett, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Today’s Public Administrators asks administrators working in the public sector about their experience implementing and shaping policy on the ground. This segment talks with MPA candidate, Gunnar Haberl, who currently sits on the Iroquois Central School District’s Board of Education. Starting his term immediately after graduation at […]

Niloofar Asgari, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The United States is known for its vast diversity. However, the prevalence of hate crimes remains a concern for victimized individuals and communities, law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and other entities. According to the FBI, a hate crime is “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in […]

Niloofar Asgari, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives While campaigning for the presidency, then-candidate Donald Trump made a promise that he would ban Muslims from coming to the U.S. In a quest to keep his promise, President Trump signed two executive orders and one presidential proclamation to form what is collectively referred to as the Muslim Ban, drawing […]

Catherine Kaufman, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The death of high-profile financier and convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein in a federal jail has brought increased attention to staffing problems within the U.S. prison system. Although current Attorney General William Barr believes the jail suffered from “serious irregularities,” the issues of understaffing and turnover among prison staff are not new. Indeed, between […]

Sydney Hamilton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Since the end of the Cold War, an uneasy peace has settled between the US and Russia, thanks in no small part to a variety of nuclear weapons treaties. These treaties are imperfect, but they have arguably served their purpose: stopping the world from descending into nuclear war. […]

Kaid Ray-Tipton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Origins of American Capital Punishment The United States has a long and largely undocumented history of capital punishment. The origin of American executions lies within racialized terror that is ingrained in the country’s history. While many of these government-sponsored killings happened at the local level, the federal government moved towards […]