Racial disparities in traffic stops

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL), lead by Professor of Economics Justine Hastings, is interpreting traffic stop data gathered by local Rhode Island police departments. "Traffic stop data released by RIDOT mandated to determine if racial disparities exist" notes the ongoing debate about race relations, particularly between people of color and the police. Findings on the first year of data are slated to be released by June 2017. 
(Distributed September 12, 2016)

Criminal-justice reform

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – An outcome-based approach could be more effective than the current criminal-justice system, which punishes all like crimes equally. In "What If America Approached Crime Like Treating a Disease?" in The Atlantic,  Professor of Social Sciences Glenn Loury, who participated in a panel on the subject at the Aspen Ideas Festival, notes there are self-interested behaviors in a variety of forms in the current system, impeding efforts to pursue a new system.
(Distributed September 9, 2016)

Air pollution and preterm births

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Air pollution has been linked to decreases in birth weight, and it may also factor in preterm births. Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology David Savitz has co-authored a study examining more than 258,000 births in New York City. In "The Uncertain Relationship between Air Pollution and Risk of Preterm Birth" in Environmental Health Perspectives, Savitz says that if air pollution is a factor, better regulations could help with the prevention of preterm births.
(Distributed September 9, 2016)

Prenatal testing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – New prenatal screening tests are able to provide more information with less risk, but the advances can also open doors for mis-use of the information. In "Pandora's Baby: How a New Type of Prenatal Genetic Testing Could Predict Your Child," which Professor of Economics Emily Oster authored for TIME, Oster says implementing the new cell-free fetal DNA testing could lead to a loss of control over how the information is used.
(Distributed September 2, 2016)
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