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How Ben Carson Went from Folk Hero to Conservative Rock Star - Leah Wright Rigueur
TIME, October 6, 2015
Views on the GOP candidate's conservatism have evolved since his popular autobiography was released in 1992.

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration - Devah Pager, Bruce Western, William Julius Wilson
The Atlantic, October, 2015
The effects of mass incarceration, from poverty and crime to the destabilization of black families, is discussed in this long-form piece.

Matthew Desmond, Co-chair of Center’s Justice & Poverty Project, Named 2015 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
MacArthur Foundation, September 29, 2015
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How Ben Carson felt when he fell victim to stereotyping - Alexander Keyssar
Washington Post, September 23, 2015
Carson's generalization about Muslims spotlights the irony of an African American deeming a group of people unfit for presidency based on a stereotype.

Bruce Western, Other HKS Voices Join in the Debate About the Criminal Justice System in America - Bruce Western
John F. Kennedy School of Government, September 14, 2015
The escalation of mass incarceration has resulted in the incarceration of "entire social groups".

Time to Rethink How Young Adults are Punished, Experts Say - Vincent Schiraldi
National Public Radio, September 11, 2015
Research on the brain development of adults aged 18-25 raises a discussion regarding the degree of punishment they should face in court.

Mass Incarceration, Visualized - Bruce Western
The Atlantic, September 11, 2015
A video produced on the topic of mass incarceration highlights the ways in which the black community, and black families, are affected.

Vincent Schiraldi, Noted Criminal Justice Reformer, to Lead Program in Criminal Justice (PCJ)
Harvard Kennedy School, September 10, 2015

Walsh asks licensed gun owners to help stop city gun violence - Anthony Braga
The Boston Globe, September 9, 2015
Boston's mayor asks gun owners to report the sale, theft, or loss of any firearm in order to curb violence.

Executive Session on Community Corrections Inaugural Report "Community-Based Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults" Released – Bruce Western, Kendra Bradner, Vincent Schiraldi
PCJ Executive Session on Community Corrections, September 9, 2015
Report details the issue of justice-involved young adults, the challenges they present, and the significant opportunities that exist for reform.

Why My Answer to Dr. King Would Be: 52 Years Later, We Are Still Working on That Dream - William Julius Wilson
The Huffington Post, August 28, 2015
Interpersonal Relationship Violence, its disproportionate effect on the black and Latino communities, and its societal causes, are discussed.

Voters want candidates to address drug prices - Robert Blendon
Boston Globe, August 26, 2015
High prescription drug costs will become more important to voters as breakthrough treatments cause prices to rise.

The false assumptions underlying Trump’s immigration plan - George Borjas
The Washington Post, August 18, 2015
Researchers have varying opinions on the effect of immigration on U.S. born workers.

The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power - Leah Wright Rigueur
New Books in American Studies, August 16, 2015
Rigueur's book examines the way black Republicans operate within a political party that has evolved from Lincoln's GOP to its present state.

David Simon of ’The Wire’ finds drama in public housing. But will the public tune in? - William Julius Wilson
The Washington Post, July 30, 2015
David Simon's new project depicts characters whose circumstances are shaped by the politics of public housing in Yonkers in the 80's and 90's.

Traceability key if biosimilars are to compete, cut costs - Amitabh Chandra
Managed Care Magazine, July 21, 2015
Due to the complexity of manufacturing biosimilars, their impact on the marketplace may be limited.

You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What? - Bruce Western
New York Times, July 16, 2015
The "re-entry movement" strives to find housing and job training for newly released prisoners, but often overlooks the psychological effects of re-entry.

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Bryan Stevenson MPP/JD 1985

Bryan Stevenson MPP/JD 1985
Photo Credit: Kristyn Ulanday

April 2, 2015 -- HKS Alum Bryan Stevenson’s Forum Address “Justice in an Era of Mass Imprisonment”. Watch the Forum here. More -- HKS coverage of this event.


Student award winners and papers announced on Class Day.


Program in Criminal Justice Report “Community-Based Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults” points to neuroscience research on the still-developing young adult brain and makes recommendations for criminal justice reform.


Loneliness of the Black Republican (cover)

In the ‘Loneliness of the Black Republican’ Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leah Wright Rigueur covers four decades of American social and political history and examines the ideas and actions of African American activists, officials and politicians in the Republican party.

NEW: Q & A with center faculty member Leah Wright Rigueur MORE