Category Social Policy

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 […]

The Unintended Consequences of School Takeovers: A Study of Jackson Public School District

Travis Reginal, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives There is only one step standing between the Jackson Public School District existing as an independent district and being taken over by the Mississippi Department of Education. Jackson Public Schools (JPS), the second-largest school district in Mississippi, is facing a potential state intervention due to several complaints from […]

Today’s Public Administrators: Dr. Dominica McBride

Today’s Public Administrators asks administrators working in the public sphere about their experience implementing and shaping policy on the ground. This segment talks with Dr. Dominica McBride, an award-winning evaluator and Founder/CEO of Become: Center for Community Engagement and Social Change. Through her organization, Dr. McBride uses culturally-responsive practices to collaborate, train, and create program […]

Unfair Welfare: The TANF Resources Problem

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives This article comes from a working paper by Michael Wiseman and David Meni at the GW Institute of Public Policy, which can be viewed here. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA). On a surface level, many claim […]

Revoking Voting Rights as Criminal Punishment

Chelsea Lenhart, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly took an unprecedented step to restore voting rights to more than 40,000 released felons. Similar to many states, Maryland previously allowed ex-offenders to vote only after they completed their entire sentence, which included probation and time on parole. Since the […]

On Righting a Wrong – Exoneration Can’t Be the Last Step

Marisa Kanof, MPP, Executive Editor, Brief Policy Perspectives The United States has one of the largest prison populations in the world. Statistics for 2014 show that about 2.2 million adults are incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails.  However, an estimated 2.3 percent to 5 percent of those incarcerated are believed to be […]

A Woman’s Work: Policy Solutions for the Emotional Labor Gap

David Meni, MPP, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives, with contributions from Sophie Krensky, Vital Voices Global Partnership When much of the national media dialogue surrounding the gender pay gap is devoted to overt discrimination in the workplace (or squabbling about how large that gap exactly is), a substantial element of the conversation remains missing – […]