Topic: Policy

The Way We Sentence Criminals Needs to Change

Sept. 17, 2015

An over-emphasis on risk keeps us on a path of punishment, incapacitation and failure in the business of reducing reoffending. The research indicates that an effective criminal justice system is one that involves assessing risk, but also the situational, physical, behavioral, cognitive and psychiatric problems of offenders. Effective sentencing should be collaborative, involving a variety of relevant experts in assessment and sentencing decisions.

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Protect Healthy Dietary Guidelines from Political Meddling

Aug. 17, 2015

Subjecting science to political whims sends a troubling message to those engaged in helping to enhance the health of our population — that political whims, not science, are the driver for what is fed in schools and other government-supported programs. This is wrong.

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What Texas’ Experience Tells Us About Planned Parenthood

Aug. 14, 2015
Doctor and Patient

Just how much damage the proposed legislation to federally defund Planned Parenthood would inflict on the health of low-income women and teens, and especially their access to contraception, is debatable. But Texas’ experience during the past four years could serve as a guide to what might happen nationally.

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Setting the Record Straight on Texas “Prison Reform”

Aug. 10, 2015

Has the “Texas Prison Model” reduced the number of people the state incarcerates? And, has it substantially reduced racial disparity? If we take a closer look, it’s clear the answer to both questions is no.

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Seton and UT Austin to Improve Healthcare Services Delivery

July 16, 2015
lbj school

Seton Healthcare Family and UT Austin's Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs have announced the funding of seven new health care research studies aimed at resolving critical health and health care services delivery problems in Central Texas.

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