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The National and Local Police Trust Gap

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Kyle Harvey
The United States has reached a critical juncture in community relations with police. After two horrific videos surfaced within the same week of July showing police shooting unarmed black men—Philando Castile and Alton Sterling—the influential Black Lives Matter movement continued to fervently protest the racial bias inherent in American law enforcement. Following the misguided retaliation and murder of three Dallas cops, President Obama encouraged a restoration of trust and mutual understanding between local police forces and their respective communities.  Much of the trust deficit in community-police relations can be attributed to statistical differences in how police treat different races, making community outreach vital in healing those injustices. As far as data is concerned, Boston has built some of the strongest trust in the nation between citizens and police.

Education, Income and Race in Two Receiving Neighborhoods

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Peter Ciurczak

While touched upon briefly in The Geography of Incarceration, a closer look at Boston’s receiving neighborhood demographics - where the formerly incarcerated return to live - is essential to a deeper understanding of Boston’s prison population. What the report reveals is a variety of systemic failings within the city itself, failings that play out in the real world as a significant imbalance within Boston regarding who is incarcerated, versus who is not. There are neighborhoods here with such high rates of incarceration that, as the report notes, “nearly every street – in some cases every other building – contains a resident who has been incarcerated.” Most of these neighborhoods are demographically dominated by Boston's minority populations.

The Brookings Tools

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Anise Vance

With a twist!

Instead of highlighting reports, this week we’d like to showcase two tools that may help you find the socieconomic information you need or distract yourself from Youtube kitten videos.


Neighborhoods and Fisheries

Thursday, February 04, 2016
Anise Vance

The Not So Simple Commute

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Anise Vance
Workers who pack themselves into aging subway cars or onto congested highways have long felt the frustrations associated with draining commutes to the office. A stream of recent research has given scholarly insight into the effects of travel on commuters’ happiness. In 2014, a study by the UK’s Office for National Statistics found that the length of a commute is highly correlated with overall life satisfaction, anxiousness, happiness, and feelings of worth.
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