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The End of Solitary Confinement

A settlement between the Department of Justice and a Mississippi jail system marks the beginning of the end of solitary confinement.

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Getting More Formerly Incarcerated People Into Public Housing

The past 10 years have seen a major drop in the number of people with criminal records rejected by the Oakland Housing Authority.

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A Sneak Peek at the Universal Hip Hop Museum

The chief curator of the upcoming Bronx museum shares his vision for the site—and photos from his collection of early hip hop memorabilia.

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A Requiem for Chicago's Cabrini Green Housing Projects

“70 Acres in Chicago” chronicles what happened when the city tore down the Cabrini Green projects to replace them with mixed-income housing.

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Why Homicides Rose in 2015

A new report from the National Institute of Justice explores why homicides rose so sharply in 2015 across 56 U.S. cities.

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The Problem with Work Requirements for Federal Housing Assistance

Work requirements weakened federal welfare assistance in the 1990s. Applying the same rules to affordable housing assistance today is a big mistake. 


Courts and Academics Agree: The U.S. Needs Bans on Assault Weapons

New research and recent court decisions point to the undeniable conclusion that more robust gun bans would reduce mass shootings.

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Online Voter Registration Leaves the Blind Behind in New York

The ACLU is suing the city over its refusal to make online voter registration accessible to the blind. 

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The Damaging Influence of Outside Money on Local Elections

The increasing influence of outside spending on municipal elections is creating imbalances in leadership. Cities have powerful models to fix that.

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North Carolina Wants To Ban Public Access to Police Camera Footage

While some U.S. cities move toward releasing police footage for accountability and transparency, North Carolina heads in the opposite direction. 


How Safe Was the Water in Flint's Jail?

A video investigation by VICE leaves unanswered questions about how the city’s incarcerated population has fared throughout the lead crisis. 


Chicago Releases Hundreds of Videos of Police Violence

The city’s police union does not seem happy.

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For African Americans, Park Access Is About More Than Just Proximity

A new study shows that the legacy of racial discrimination still looms heavily.

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Inclusionary Zoning Does Not Drive Up Housing Costs

New research shows that it doesn’t raise housing costs, but it doesn’t help very low-income families much, either.

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Compton Faces a New Spike in Violence

Should the L.A. city be more worried about a recent rise in murders, or the rise in brutality and racism among its police force?

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Can California Show the U.S. How To Do Elections Right?

A new study offers solutions to entrenched problems that make voting time-consuming, confusing, and often disenfranchising.  

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#AirBnBWhileBlack and the Legacy of Brown vs. Board

The current ruffle over AirBnB shows civil rights laws and court victories haven’t fully flushed Jim Crow blood from America’s veins.

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Why a Mississippi City Is Just Now Being Forced to Desegregate Its Schools

A federal judge says Cleveland, Mississippi, must finally comply with a historic ruling the U.S. Supreme Court made more than 60 years ago.