We don’t know how many Latinos are affected by the criminal justice system

Latinos are a fast-growing portion of both the US population and the correctional population, but we don’t know how many Latinos are in prison, on probation, or arrested.

What we know about gun violence in the United States: What are the economic impacts?

Looking at gun violence from an economic perspective can also deepen our understanding of this challenge and help identify new ways to save lives.

What we know about gun violence in the United States: Who’s affected?

Of all gun-related fatalities in 2010, 11,000 were considered homicides. The rest—more than 19,000 deaths—were classified as suicides.

Why does the Urban Institute belong at SXSW?

Urban’s Justice Policy Center is hoping to lead a panel discussion on “Reducing Violent Police-Citizen Interactions” at the next SXSW.

Open-source software will “eat the government”

In the coming years, expect to see some exciting changes in government operations.

One way to reduce mass incarceration: Start local

As we search for ways to reduce mass incarceration, jails—the entry points to our nation’s criminal justice system—are often overlooked.

Anti-black racism: Where we were, and where we are today

The time has come to rethink and reframe the narrative of anti-black racism to better illustrate its disparate impact on all black Americans.

What do victims want from criminal justice reform?

Victims want for solutions that work for them. Long sentences for violent offenses offer them little.

Mental health on both sides of the blue line

Acutely tragic, high-profile incidents only scratch the surface of the more complex relationship between policing and the mental health needs of both citizens and officers.

White privilege is a routine traffic stop

Data on police and public encounters isn't always clear, but several studies provide insight on how race might influence the outcomes.