Police body camera policies: What’s in and what’s out

About a year ago, we launched an interactive feature that tracks body camera legislation. Since then, legislatures in 18 states passed new body camera laws.

States spearhead ambitious criminal justice reform policies

When it comes to criminal justice reform, odds are that states will continue leading the charge.

Everyday actions can help transform juvenile justice policy and practice

State prisons and local jails hold the most people in the criminal justice system, making grassroots efforts the best positioned to drive change.

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.