Research Roundup


In a chilling report casting doubt on criminal convictions across the country, a law review article by UVA Professor of Law Brandon Garrett in the Columbia Law Review highlights evidence that literally thousands of people are serving long sentences for crimes they did not commit.  In many cases, innocent people were convicted based on erroneous identification by eyewitnesses, faulty forensic evidence (far less effective than CSI would lead people to believe), false testimony by informants, and false confessions.

A packet of new health care studies were released this week:

  • In a new brief, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyzes differences between U.S. House and Senate versions of SCHIP reauthorization legislation, finding that 1.1 million more children would have coverage under the proposed House bill than under the Senate bill.
  • A study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Medicaid rolls declined in many states after Congress imposed new documentation requirements-- and most of those losing coverage were legal residents eligible for coverage but unable to produce the necessary documents.
  • As California and other states consider extending health-care coverage to undocumented immigrants, a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy finds that available health benefits have no influence on the destination choice of undocumented immigrants, so extending health coverage -- despite the propaganda of opponents -- will not act as a lure for new immigrants.

In Myth vs. Reality: U.S. Broadband Policy and International Broadband Rankings, Free Press highlights why the U.S. has sunk to 15th place in broadband deployment among the 30 developed nations in the OECD - and debunks myths by industry defending the current failure of U.S. technology policies.

If the federal government provided funds to keep community college computer labs open three nights a week for community resident education, a new report by the NDN Globalization Initiative argues this would radically expand access to the computer skills needed by many looking for work in the current economy.


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