It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
Photo: Police in Ferguson, MO. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
There’s not good empirical evidence to support Detroit’s Police Chief’s endorsement of citizens arming themselves in the interest of public safety.
When a parent loses a job, family income drops, but the effects are often more than just financial.
The District of Columbia raised its minimum wage as of July 1 and is slated to raise it again each July through 2016 and adjusted for inflation thereafter. What will this mean for employers and employees? Will minimum-wage workers see a real difference in their bank accounts after paying higher taxes and losing public benefits as their earnings rise? And will employment fall, now that workers cost more?
We investigated the effects of a minimum-wage increase in DC and found little evidence to suggest that employment would fall. We also found that the vast majority of low-wage workers would see their earnings and disposable incomes increase. Based on these two findings, we anticipate that the legislated wage increase will improve the well-being of the District’s low-income working families.
We can’t know who will commit crimes, but statistical models can give us an idea of who is more likely to offend. It’s not quite Minority Report—rather than seeing crime before it happens, the justice system uses risk assessment tools to gauge the probability of future offending based on factors like age, gender, and criminal history. This information is then used to inform a variety of decisions, including granting parole release, prioritizing who should receive programming (like drug treatment), or deciding how strictly probationers and parolees should be supervised.
Risk assessment is a key component of correctional practice, but its potential to contribute to justice system disparity is the focus of increasing concern and criticism.
Photo: African American inmates talk to clergy and community activists Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
Bank of America is nearing a reported $17 billion settlement with the Department of Justice, including a likely $7 billion in consumer relief, for fraudulent mortgage-related activities. Our analyses of earlier settlements reveal several lessons that should be considered by the current parties to ensure a more successful outcome for consumers, communities and investors.
Five strategies for a better Bank of America settlement.