Category Criminal Justice Policy

Volume 25 Now Online

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our contributors and editorial staff, Volume 25 of Policy Perspectives is now available online and in print. Volume 25 continues the Trachtenberg School’s tradition of academic excellence by offering six articles written by students, four exclusive alumni interviews, and a selection of our best blog posts from […]

Cash Bail and Poverty

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives On average, 730,000 people are held in jail each day, a number that tripled in the past 25 years. Many have not been convicted of a crime, but are awaiting trial, sentencing, or arraignment. Nearly 40% of the current jail population is being held because they cannot afford […]

Necessary Force: How California Seeks to Save Lives with One Word

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives From Ferguson to Sacramento, fatal police shootings are becoming more frequently discussed. Tensions between police and constituents, particularly in minority communities, are not new, but protests and calls for action over the recent high profile incidents of police violence are gaining momentum. The movement is also influencing policy; […]

GW WonkCast S3E11-1: Below the Fold: Tariffs with China, Sacramento Police Pay District Attorney Following Killing, and a Rollback on Methane Regulation

Our three stories follow policy news hidden beneath the headlines. co-Host Eli Richman digs into tariffs on Chinese products. What does a trade deficit mean and why are folks upset about it? co-Host Gabe Moss explains that following the killing of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, the Sacramento Police Officers Association paid the District Attorney. Lastly, […]

Notes from the Policy Field: Movie Screening on Young Women of Color and the Juvenile Justice System

Event: Live at Urban: For Ahkeem: A Screening and Discussion on Young Women of Color and the Juvenile Justice System Event effectiveness rating: 5 stars (out of 5) Date: 2/7/18 Write up by Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Notes from the Policy Field provides write-ups of policy-oriented events in Washington, D.C. and comments on […]

The Truth about Trafficking: Myths and Realities of Modern Day Slavery in America

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The Global Slavery Index (GSI) estimates that 45.8 million people are currently enslaved  globally, with North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, and India among the greatest offenders. While many developed nations rank better on the index, human trafficking still occurs in these countries. The GSI reports that 57,000 individuals in […]

Apple Introduces Face ID and Exposes Another Discriminatory Blind Spot in “Cool” Technology

Cory Lancaster, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The people of America have whipped out their smart phones and called their government to the stand. The social issues that have been offending our citizens for centuries are on trial and cell phone technology has provided a mass of incriminating evidence. Smart phones have drastically revised the […]