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Writing crime into race
Harvard Magazine, July-August 2018
Harvard Magazine explores the work of Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, examining how the link between race and crime is a particularly potent and enduring idea in American culture.
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Here's how immigration policy impacts your avocados and other produce
Fortune, June 18, 2018
Wages and recent immigration policies come into question amid a labor shortage in the farming industry.
Cited: George Borjas
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Trump's most visible black supporters are not faithful Republicans
The Washington Post, June 15, 2018
Assistant Professor Leah Wright Rigueur comments on how divisive rhetoric and policies that are perceived as hostile to communities of color have caused critics to be more incredulous of black people who support President Trump.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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What’s the biggest challenge for colleges and universities?
The New York Times, June 5, 2018
Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad explains how the cost of higher education is contributing to inequality and social stratification.
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Harvard professor warns: 'White fear being weaponized' in Trump era
The Washington Times, May 30, 2018
NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro of Weekend Edition Sunday interviewed professor Khalil Muhammad to discuss ways “white fear” is allegedly being “weaponized” in the Trump era and what can be done about it.
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G.O.P. insists making poor people work lifts them up. Where’s the proof?
The New York Times, May 15, 2018
In recent months, Republicans have announced plans to attach work requirements to many parts of the social safety net. Though this approach was previously attempted during the Clinton administration, evidence shows that it did not create meaningful improvement in the lives of those affected.
Quoted: Christopher Jencks
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Jane Mansbridge awarded the 2018 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

Skytte Foundation, April 2018
Professor Mansbridge wins the prize for shaping the understanding of democracy with sharpness, deep involvement, and feminist theory. The prize conferred by the Skytte Foundation will be ceremonially awarded on September 29, 2018.
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Globe team tells story behind race in Boston 
The Harvard Gazette, April 18, 2018
Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad and a group of journalists from the Boston Globe’s spotlight team recently examined the complexity surrounding racial issues in Boston and the challenges presented. The spotlight team members were finalists for the Pulitzer prize for their work on this topic.
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How to reduce health care costs? Experts say lots of ideas, few successes?
Stat News, April 9, 2018
As experts wrestled with the multitude of challenges facing patients, clinicians, payers, and policymakers in the U.S., they shared evidence of what clearly doesn’t work to reduce the cost of care, and a few ideas of what it might make sense to try.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Medicare under assault from fraudsters
AARP Bulletin, April 2018
Professor Malcolm Sparrow says the amount of money Medicare loses annually to fraud, abuse, or improper payments could be above 20 percent, reaching as high as 30 percent in a worst-case scenario. 
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow
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Sons of rich black families fare no better than sons of working-class whites
The New York Times, March 19, 2018
A new study, led by researchers at Harvard, Stanford, and the Census Bureau, reveals that young black men raised in wealthy families are more likely to become poor than stay wealthy in their adult lives. The sweeping study traced the lives of millions of children.
Quoted: William Julius Wilson
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Vexing health problems can be solved, Gawande says
Harvard Gazette, March 12, 2018
Tackling complex issues such as opioid addiction, gun violence, and uneven access to medical care seems daunting, but Atul Gawande said history shows that over time, the nation can solve its public health challenges.
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Opioid crisis gets Washington’s attention
March 8, 2018, Wall Street Journal
Republican leaders are pressing ahead with an array of opioid-related efforts, while Democrats are calling the GOP actions insufficient.
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Gawande speaks on addictiveness of opioids at IOP: 'I had no idea'
The Harvard Crimson, March 8, 2018
Atul A. Gawande, an award-winning author and a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, spoke candidly about the opioid epidemic at an event held at the Institute of Politics sponsored by the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.
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The story of African-American history
Philadelphia Tribune, February 15, 2018
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race and public policy, delivered the keynote address at the Philadelphia Tribune Black History Awards, honoring A. Bruce Crawley, Patricia A. Coulter and Dr. Donald Parks.
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Trump sets up a grand bargain on immigration
The New York Times, February 2, 2018
President Trump has proposed a deal: amnesty for 1.8 million Dreamers in exchange for funding the border wall, eliminating the visa lottery, and limiting family sponsorship.
Op-ed by George J. Borjas
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Can Amazon and friends handle health care? There’s reason for doubt
The New York Times, January 30, 2018
Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway have announced a new healthcare initiative, but many industry experts expressed doubts about whether they could deliver on the promises made.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Trump's move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid
ABC News, January 23, 2018
The Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor.
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Oprah Winfrey: from poverty to America's first black billionaire… to #Oprah2020?
The Guardian, January 12, 2018
According to one poll, Oprah Winfrey's story of success may resonate with voters, should she choose to run.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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A case that could unleash a new wave of voter purges
Mother Jones, January 5, 2018
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case over some states' controversial methods for removing voters.
Quoted: Alexander Keyssar
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The uninsured are overusing emergency rooms — and other health care myths

The Washington Post, December 27, 2017
New studies dispel health care “myths” on emergency room use by uninsured and costs for treating high-risk patients.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Black women in Alabama saved themselves last night
The Root, December 13, 2017
An exit poll conducted by The Washington Post showed that 98% of black women voted Democrat in the Alabama Senate race, despite reported voter suppression efforts.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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There's a medical ‘land grab’ underway as hospitals try to get larger
The Washington Post, December 11, 2017
As more hospitals merge to create larger hospital systems, remaining hospitals become eager to nurture similar growth.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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POLITICO-Harvard poll: Democrats and Republicans still fixated on health care
Politico, December 5, 2017
A new poll shows that despite the fact that Congress has set aside healthcare legislation efforts, the public is still concerned about healthcare policy.
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Make college free? Not so fast.
The 74 Million, November 19, 2017
A recent paper demonstrates the effect on spending decreases on degree attainment, in the presence of increased financial aid.
Quoted: David Deming
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The golden ticket to higher paying jobs: Hard skills plus social skills
The Boston Globe, November 16, 2017
Research shows that the job market is growing with positions which require employees to cultivate social skills in addition to the harder skills required by the job.
Q&A: David Deming
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If the GOP kills the health insurance mandate, we may finally find out if it works
FiveThirtyEight, November 16, 2017
If the mandate instituted under the ACA is cut, we may be able to determine if it encouraged enrollment across the board.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Draymond Green addresses Mark Cuban's criticism over use of the word 'owner'
Mercury News, November 16, 2017
Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green expands upon his statement that professional sports teams should discontinue the use of the word "owner."
Cited: Leah Wright Rigueur
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In debate over national anthem, black wealth becomes a target
Washington Post, October 30, 2017
As black athletes take a knee in protest of racial inequities, the success of black Americans becomes a point of contention for critics.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Leah Wright Rigueur
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Normalizing white nationalist hate
Harvard Gazette, October 19, 2017
A panel on minimizing the normalization of white nationalism discusses the importance of counter-protests and education.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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For black athletes, wealth doesn't equal freedom
PBS NewsHour, October 18, 2017
The controversy over black athletes who choose to take a knee brings to light the limitations of their freedom.
Commentary: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Hiring discrimination against black Americans hasn't declined in 25 years
Harvard Business Review, October 11, 2017
A recent study reveals that, since 1990, black job applicants received, on average, 36% fewer callbacks than white job applicants.
Commentary by: Devah Pager
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What can be done for those left behind in wealthy Boston?
Harvard Kennedy School, October 3, 2017
A panel of Harvard faculty, government and nonprofit leaders discuss the city’s housing crunch, economy, and inequality and honor the academic career and local community work of Mary Jo Bane.
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Juvenile prisons: It's time to close 'factories of failure'
Crime Report, September 26, 2017
A recent report has led to the conclusion that youth prisons should be abolished in favor of in-home service, supports, and opportunities for youth.
Commentary: Vincent Schiraldi
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Making sense of senseless violence
The Marshall Project, September 21, 2017
The case of Michelle Jones is discussed as a part of a larger conversation on the violence caused by poverty and abuse.
Commentary: Bruce Western
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How single-payer health care could trip up Democrats
New York Times, September 11, 2017
While some Democrats are embracing the idea of single-payer health care, others wonder if incremental steps could prevent failure or backlash. 
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Colleges get more students to attend from this –– than cutting tuition
MarketWatch, August 31, 2017
Researchers discovered that when a college increases spending per student by 10%, enrollment increases by 3%.
Quoted: David Deming
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Black Republicans despair over Trump's response to Charlottesville
Buzzfeed, August 22, 2017
After the president expressed ambivalence over the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, black Republicans cope with tension and frustration.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Are you sure you want single payer?
The Atlantic, August 21, 2017
The majority of Americans want single-payer health care; the effects of a transition on patients, doctors, and hospitals are discussed.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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An astonishing change in how Americans think about government-run health care
Vox, August 16, 2017
Since 2013, the percentage of Americans who feel positively about the government's role in providing health coverage to all U.S. citizens has risen considerably.
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Did Confederate symbols gain prominence in the civil rights era?
Politifact, August 15, 2017
Many Confederate monuments were build during the Jim Crow and civil rights eras as segregation became institutionalized and, later, desegregation became a point of conflict.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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People back editing genes to treat disease, but are wary of inheritable changes
NPR, August 10, 2017
Surveys of the general public reveal that gene editing is approved of except in the case of editing traits which could be inherited. 
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Congress' chance to do right by America's youth
The Hill, August 10, 2017
Congress' bipartisan effort to reauthorize the JJDPA could send the bill to the Oval Office in order to maintain protections for juveniles in the justice system.
Commentary: Vincent Schiraldi
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Trump wants to protect American jobs. His immigration bill would make us poorer.
Vox, August 3, 2017
The administration's bill to reduce immigration would impact the way in which immigration bolsters the economy.
Cited: George Borjas and Lant Pritchett
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The Marshall Project: When less is more
August 2017
A new report explains how reducing the number of people on parole or under probation figures into a wider discussion on resolving mass incarceration.
Commentary: Vincent Schiraldi
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Want to shrink our prisons? Fix probation and parole
The Crime Report, July 19, 2017
Reforming our systems of probation and parole could have a measurable effect on the size of the prison population in the U.S.
Commentary: Bruce Western and Vincent Schiraldi
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The great American rip-off
National Review, July 2, 2017
A look at the amount of spending that could be cut if fraud and abuse, within Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, were a focus.
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow
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How the Democrats lost their way on immigration
The Atlantic, July/August 2017
Prominent Democrats have shifted their thinking on immigration over the last decade.
Quoted: Jason Furman, George Borjas
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Why cutting even wasteful spending is so hard
The Economist, June 22, 2017
Investigating fraud can be more expensive than paying claims.
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow
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Judge says Wisconsin youth prisons overuse pepper spray
Associated Press, June 22, 2017
A federal judge has stated that the state's juvenile prisons rely too heavily on pepper spray, shackles, and isolation. 
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Health care downplayed in Georgia special election
National Journal, June 21, 2017
Neither Jon Ossoff nor Karen Handel raised the issue of healthcare, despite its predicted importance to midterm elections in 2018.
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Demand for social and cognitive skills is linked to higher firm productivity
Yale Insights, June 21, 2017
A new study shows that companies seeking workers with social and cognitive skills, which computers lack, are more productive.
Cited: David Deming
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Why the Koch brothers have so much influence on Trump: It starts with Pence
International Business Times, June 20, 2017
70% percent of the administration's senior White House positions are filled by individuals with ties to the Koch Brothers.
Quoted: Alex Keyssar
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Teaching hospitals cost more, but could save your life
The New York Times, June 5, 2017
A new study on the mortality effect of teaching hospitals informs the conversation over whether teaching hospitals are worth the increased cost.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Justice system failing young people
Boston Herald, June 3, 2017
Legislation which aims to gradually incorporate young adults into the juvenile justice system is scheduled for a hearing in Massachusetts.
Commentary: Vincent Schiraldi
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Malcolm Wiener Center announces Student Class Day Awards
Harvard Kennedy School, May 23, 2017
Center Director David Ellwood announced the winners of the Manuel C. Carballo, Susan C. Eaton, and Frederick Fischer Memorial Prizes for outstanding student research work at today’s HKS Class Day Ceremony.
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Radcliffe Institute announces 2017-2018 fellows
Harvard Magazine, May 4, 2017
Professor of Sociology and HKS Professor of Public Policy Devah Pager, and HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leah Wright Rigueur, are awarded fellowships for their work, respectively, on race, discrimination, and the labor market, and race and the American political system. 
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What the press still doesn't get about Trump
Politico, May/June, 2017
An exploration of how the press navigates President Trump's motivations, his voters, and his use of Twitter.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Black people are not all 'living in Hell'
New York Times, April 26, 2017
A look at the way in which the black upper middle class is expanding more rapidly than the white upper middle class.
Quoted: William Julius Wilson
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Power and punishment: Two new books about race and crime
New York Times, April 14, 2017
Two new books on prisons and policing are discussed in light of the current attorney general's stance on drug crime and minimum sentencing for illegal gun possession. 
Commentary: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Democrats pen letter to Trump on working together for health care reform. What can they achieve?
Christian Science Monitor, March 29, 2017
Democratic senators have asked Trump to work with them on reforming the ACA, but the likelihood of a bipartisan effort is in question.
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Former Vermont governor discusses deadly opioid crisis
Harvard Crimson, March 29, 2017
The opioid crisis in Vermont, and across the nation, is discussed, with reference to its impact on the health care and criminal justice systems.
Cited: Sheila Burke
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GOP looks to price for next steps on Obamacare
National Journal, March 27, 2017
After the House's failure to pass healthcare legislation, the administration may take the lead.
Quoted: Robert Blendon
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Can religious charities take the place of the welfare state?
The Atlantic, March 26, 2017
If the current administration's budget passes, and welfare programs take a hit, are religious charities equipped to step in?
Quoted: Mary Jo Bane
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GOP health care debate misses the point, experts say
CNN, March 21, 2017
The National Academy of Medicine released a potential blueprint to reform the American health care system.
Quoted: Sheila Burke
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Is a 'merit-based' immigration system a good idea?
The Atlantic, March 11, 2017
The possibility of a merit-based immigration system is explored from an economic standpoint.
Quoted: George Borjas
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Crime and the adolescent brain
The New York Times, March 11, 2017
Increasing the age for prosecution as an adult decreases arrests and reduces the cost of incarcerations, as found in a 2016 Program in Criminal Justice Research Report.
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The question is: Who are you rooting for? Two economists, two views on immigration
Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2017
Two economists give richly informed but highly differing views on the impact of immigration on the economy.
Quoted: George Borjas
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The GOP's long history with black colleges
Politico, February 27, 2017
While some black colleges have seen benefits of relationships with Republican presidents, there remains a need for GOP policies that promote racial justice.
Commentary: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Trump scapegoats unauthorized immigrants for crime
The Atlantic, February 28, 2017
The president is publicizing examples of crime perpetrated by unauthorized immigrants, which may further stigmatize this group.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Malloy proposes justice system changes for young adults
Hartford Courant, March 1, 2017
Connecticut's governor is proposing a new, less punitive category for young adult offenders.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi
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The immigration debate we need
New York Times, February 27, 2017
A conversation is presented on the economic and societal impact of immigration.
Commentary: George Borjas
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Today in Obamacare: a polling expert explains why the health law is looking more popular
Vox, February 24, 2017
More Republican voters are favoring repealing and replacing the ACA, as opposed to simply replacing the law.
Interviewed: Robert Blendon
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How economists are fueling the global debate over refugees
Bloomberg, February 17, 2017
Economists are studying the impact of refugees on the communities in which they settle.
Quoted: George Borjas
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Can immigration hurt the economy? An old prejudice returns
New York Times, February 14, 2017
As some Americans fear that immigrants will damage productivity, economists disagree on their impact. Cited: George Borjas, Lant Pritchett
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The confused future of health care
Harvard Gazette, February 14, 2017
While the outlook for the survival of the ACA seems dim, analysts say a new plan will take considerable time to develop and implement.
Cited: Amitabh Chandra
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Think outside box to deal with young adult criminals
Boston Herald Op-Ed, February 8, 2017
Two Massachusetts sheriffs cite Program in Criminal Justice Research in recommending comprehensive criminal justice reform and a new systemic approach to handling “emerging adults” who commit crimes.
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