Law & Politics

Policy Radio | Senator Claire McCaskill on Representing a Politically Diverse State in a Divided Congress

This week, David Spearman speaks with Senator McCaskill about the challenges of working in a divided congress and representing a politically diverse state.

The Deadly Vaccine Loophole: Religious Exemptions and the Rise of Pertussis in New York

Exemptions to vaccines have played a large role in the reoccurrence of diseases previously thought to be under control in the United States.

A Path out of Gridlock? Perspectives from Senator Evan Bayh

Former Senator Evan Bayh shares his thoughts on ending gridlock, cutting the deficit, and stimulating economic growth.

Afghanistan: The Rule of Law and the Law of Rules

Fallckolm Cuenca from the European Union Police Mission discusses EUPOL’s progress in building capacity in Afghanistan.

Cause or Effect: The Relationship Between Academic Achievement and Delinquency in America

Is it possible that delinquency can be both a cause and a consequence of weakened social bonds and low academic achievement?

Are Private Prisons Worth the Trouble?

Private prisons are cheaper to build and to manage than publicly run prisons, but it is unclear whether they reduce costs overall, and they may incentivize private corporations to provide poor facilities.

Incarceration and Deterrence: Do Sentence Enhancements Prevent Crime?

Research finds evidence that sentence enhancements not only keep criminals off the streets, but also keep them from becoming criminals in the first place.

Peace Without Treaties

Stronger international laws may be discouraging states from signing peace treaties.

Modeling the Gang Ecosystem

Researchers examine whether gang-related violence can be predicted using models taken from ecology.

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