Research Roundup

Sep 14, 2006

Here's one of the appalling statistics about our prison system nationwide -- according to the US Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics, 56 percent of state prisoners, 45 percent of federal prisoners and 64 percent of local jail inmates suffer from some form of mental health problem. Significant numbers include major depression and psychotic disorders, including hallucinations -- and rather than getting treatment, they end up in our prisons.

Aug 31, 2006

With the Labor Day holiday about to start, the news from the research front for workers is not good:

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities finds that poverty is higher and median income for the non-elderly is lower than when the recession was at its worst.   For the first time in recorded history, poverty is higher in the fourth year of an economic recovery than when it began. 

Aug 24, 2006

In an Overview of Selected Data on Children in Vulnerable Families, the Urban Institute pulls together data on the multiple stresses on children, from abuse to poverty to disabilities, and how poverty can reinforce problems of depression and other problems facing low-income families and their children.

Aug 17, 2006
The Center on Law And Social Policy (CLASP) has released Getting Punched: The Job and Family Clock, a policy brief detailing pressures on working families and how government can promote more family-friendly workplace policies by encouraging family leave and more flexible scheduling.
Jul 27, 2006
Highlighting the strains on working families with kids, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) released a report on how government can encourage employers to better arrange work schedules so that families can better juggle work and family responsibilities and how such family-friendly policies can help the business bottom-line through improved job retention, increased productivity and reduced health care costs.
Jul 20, 2006

One reason child poverty persists in the United States, as this EPI Snapshot highlights, is that our country does relatively little through spending and tax programs to ease poverty compared to all other developed nations.  Check out the rather dramatic graph comparing efforts between nations.

Jul 13, 2006

RAND has pulled together a range of research on how governments can strengthen their public health systems to deal with a range of threats, from new infectious diseases to dealing with potential health effects of terrorism. The reports argue that local public health systems are inadequately staffed, technologially obsolete, and not coordinated well with the rest of the public health system.

Jul 06, 2006

With the new requirement that Medicaid recipients present an ID to receive benefits, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has found that 3 to 5 million legal citizens are at risk of losing health coverage because they don't own a passport or birth certificate required under the law. They include a state-by-state breakdown of Medicaid coverage in each state that are effected by the change.