Thursday April 17, 2014
Crime & Courts News
President Obama today released details of the early childhood agenda outlined in his State of the Union Address.
Various funding streams—federal, state, local, and private—support home visiting programs. Recently, in light of Medicaid's ability to reach so many low-income and at-risk families, interest has been growing in its potential to finance home visiting services for eligible mothers and children.
The Obama administration has announced that it will seek a substantial new investment to expand voluntary evidence-based home visiting programs. Pew’s Libby Doggett, an expert on home visiting, highlights the importance of the decision. Voluntary home visiting matches parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first three years.
With the second highest imprisonment rate in the country, Mississippi’s prison population has grown by 17 percent in the last decade. Estimates show continuing as is will cost the state $266 million in corrections costs over the next decade.
Advocates for the poor say welfare programs are ill-designed for hard economic times. Some Republicans, however, don’t see welfare as broken, but instead as a model for other social initiatives.
House cuts to food stamps could end up blocked by the Senate or White House. In some states, lawmakers are pushing similar reductions, ending assistance to thousands.
As part of the Public Safety Performance Project's work in the states to protect public safety and control corrections costs, we worked with two of the nation's leading polling firms, Public Opinion Strategies and the Benenson Strategy Group, to explore public attitudes toward crime and punishment.
When it comes to economic mobility, which families are likely to fare better than their parents? We invite you to explore this interactive tool as it reveals the traits of families that experience upward mobility and, conversely, those that find themselves stuck in their positions on—or falling down—the economic ladder.
There is also growing—though still nascent—evidence that from one American generation to the next, mobility is declining.
Once upon a time in America, it was expected that most children would surpass their parents on the income ladder. However, a new study released by The Pew Charitable Trusts has found that although most Americans are earning a bit more than their parents, only a meager one-third of the current generation will surpass their parents in wealth and income and climb to a new rung on the economic ladder.
Voluntary home visiting matches parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout a child's first few years.
One in five married households has at least one spouse who was born outside the United States, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. Three states and the District of Columbia have 12 percent or more households where one spouse is American-born and the other is not.