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Real-Time Crime Centers in Chicago

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"Strategic Decision Support Centers (SDSCs) are the Chicago Police Department’s
(CPD’s) district-level real-time crime centers (RTCCs), launched in January 2017 and expanded
in 2018. They serve as command and control centers for staff to gain awareness of what is happening
in their districts and decide on responses. Their objectives are to improve districts’
abilities to reduce crime, hold offenders accountable, improve officer safety, and reduce service
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Trends in Correctional Control by Race and Sex

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"American prison populations have long been characterized by racial and ethnic disparities. U.S. Census Bureau data on incarcerated persons from 1870 through 1980 show that black incarceration rates ranged from three to nine times those of whites, depending upon the decade and region of the country.1 According to Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) reports over the past 40 years, black imprisonment rates ranged from about six to about eight times those of whites.

In recent years, racial disparities in imprisonment have decreased. BJS reports have drawn attention to the trend, showing that since the mid-2000s, black and Hispanic incarceration rates have fallen faster than those for whites.3 These changes also have been noted by media,4by advocacy organizations such as The Sentencing Project, and by the National Research Council.

This report updates and advances earlier presentations of data on disparities."

Defending Progressive Prosecution

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“'Progressive prosecutors' are taking over District Attorney’s Offices in cities across the nation, with a mandate to reform the criminal justice system from the inside. Emily Bazelon’s new book, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration, chronicles this potentially transformative moment in American criminal justice." 

Lone Offender: A Study of Lone Offender Terrorism in the United States (1972-2015)

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"...This study of lone offender terrorism attacks included offenders who carried out violent attacks in furtherance of any claimed ideology or cause, as long as the offender was primarily radicalized within the United States and carries out the attack against targets within the United States."

Association of Punitive and State Reporting Policies Related to Substance Use in Pregnancy with Rates of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

"Are state punitive or reporting policies related to substance use during pregnancy associated with rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)?

... Policy makers seeking to reduce NAS rates may wish to consider approaches favored by public health experts that focus on primary prevention."

The Crisis of Social Media

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"Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, converting them into instruments for political distortion and societal control." 

Income Inequality and Mass Shootings in the United States

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"Mass shootings are an increasingly common phenomenon in the United States. However, there islittle research on whether the recent growth of income inequality is associated with this rise of mass shootings. Wethus build on our prior research to explore the connection between income inequality and mass shootings acrosscounties in the United States."