Friday, January 27, 2012

Preventing Crime: What Works, What Doesn't and What's Promising

Here's a link to a report organized and funded by the Department of Justice in which a number of criminologists discuss the latest research on crime prevention.  There might be some useful information in here for how New Orleans might deal with the problem of violent crime.  Keeping in mind the root causes of violent crime which are located in entrenched, sustained poverty and racism and social isolation (and the long term, fundamental solutions that this requires--i.e., jobs, schools, mental health), this report might offer some ideas on more immediate solutions.

Chapter 8 of the report focuses on police.  Changes in policing is often one of the more immediate moves that municipalities can make.  While it doesn't address the root causes of violent behavior, the report suggests that measured, strategically located community policing can have some effect on violent behavior. I offer an excerpt below:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

2012 State of the Union Address

Here's a 5 minute summary video of President Obama's 2012 State of the Union Address (thanks to TalkingPointsMemo).

Monday, January 16, 2012

Interview with Michelle Alexander: Author of The New Jim Crow

Here's an interview with Michelle Alexander on Fresh Air.  She recently wrote a book called "The New Jim Crow" in which she discusses the way the U.S. uses it's criminal justice system to continue controlling people of color, particularly African American men.   She offers a detailed and insightful critique of the War on Drugs and how it's impacted poor, urban communities of color, and the consequences of this for future trajectories.  She links this to past systems of control and as a conservative outgrowth of the Civil Rights movement and the GOP's "Southern Strategy."

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Does Corporate Cash Explain the Networks' Silence on SOPA?

There are a number of FCC policy issues that every independent blogger should be aware of.  Net Neutrality and the Stop Online Piracy Act are two of them. Rulings on both of these will affect access to online information, downloading speeds, and the ability of others to get to our blogs and read what we have to say.  Below, I post a story from which is related to the policy site  I suggest check out  They're on the ball when it comes to the latest policy issues and how they'll impact and open, fair, and equal web.

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Earlier this week we pointed to a Media Matters for America study showing that most of the major networks — ABC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC and NBC — have failed to cover opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA).