PSTC affiliates serve PAA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Alumnus John Iceland, now professor of sociology and demography at Pennsylvania State University, has been elected as the vice president-elect of the Population Association of America. Professor of Sociology Zhenchao Qian has been elected to the Board of Directors. He will begin a three-year term of service on January 1, 2017, joining Professor of Sociology Leah VanWey, who was elected last year to the PAA Board of Directors.

(Distributed September 14, 2016)

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)
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