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.

What we do and don’t know about race and policing

How can we support the public and policymakers as they work to create a country that is rid of these horrific events—a country where black lives truly matter?

Tragic shootings and the desire for "balance"

Police shootings of citizens and citizen attacks on police are distinct problems, but the four distinct tragedies we've recently witnessed have required that we discuss them together.

Reflections on research, race, and policing

The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police the week of July 3, followed by the shootings of police in Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, shook many communities, including our own.