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Why do rates of sexual assault prevalence vary from report to report?

Data on rape and sexual assault suffer from inconsistent estimates and underreporting, leading to misunderstandings about the extent of the problem and adequate policy solutions.

Neighborhoods at the top are even more likely to stay there than those at the bottom

America’s most affluent neighborhoods are worlds apart from its most disadvantaged ones, and the gap has grown in the past two decades.

Federal prison reform: Who is too old for incarceration?

People age 50 and older are the fastest growing segment of the federal prison population. But incarcerating an aging person costs roughly double what it takes to incarcerate a younger one.

What we know about jail suicides

When it comes to keeping inmates safe from self-inflicted harm, research points to several important takeaways.

Need a nest egg to pay for your nest? Many retirees do

Older adults spend much more on housing than health care or anything else.

The future of social science research: A data science perspective

By breaking out of the inertia of tradition, we can deepen our understanding of society and governance and leverage data to directly improve lives.

Who minds the kids when mom works a nonstandard schedule?

How working an erratic schedule and nighttime hours affect parents' child care options.

Five benefits of government mortgage programs

What do programs like FHA, VA, and Ginnie Mae really do for the US mortgage market?

Immigrant families: Characteristics and contexts

A new analysis sheds light on what we know about immigrant families.

What a new HUD study teaches us about how to improve homeless programs

Until Congress funds more housing vouchers, here's what service providers need to do to help end family homelessness.

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