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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Prison Reform: Reducing Recidivism by Strengthening the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education,Headlines,Women

Website which discusses recent reforms to federal prisons designed to reduce continuing crime from released inmates.  Also includes links to consulting report which proposed reforms and other documents relevant to prison reform initiatives.  From the Justice Department


Justice Department Announces Reforms at Bureau of Prisons to Reduce Recidivism and Promote Inmate Rehabilitation

Categories: Crime/Justice,Education,Headlines,Women

Agency press release which announces reforms including creating a semi-autonomous school district within the federal prison system, reforming federal halfway houses, paying for state-issued photo IDs for inmates prior to release, and providing additional services for female inmates to promote successful returns to the community;  From the Justice Department


Highlights from TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015

Categories: Education,Headlines,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

Reports on the results of tests of math and science achievement of U.S. students in Grades 4 and 8 and in advanced courses at the end of high school in an international context.  Reveals scores and trends since 1995 for U.S. students and identifies other nations participating in the exams.  TIMSS = Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.  From the National Center for Education Statistics


Highlights of Women’s Earnings in 2015

Categories: Headlines,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Statistics,Women

Women who worked full-time had median usual weekly earnings that were 81% of those earned by men.  Includes earnings by age groups, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, and occupation.  In 1979, the first year for which such data were kept, women earned 62% of what men earned.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Cancer and Tobacco Use

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco

Fact sheet about the strong links between use of tobacco and cancer.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Vital Signs: Disparities in Tobacco-Related Cancer Incidence and Mortality—United States, 2004-2013

Categories: Births/Deaths,Headlines,Health/Medical,Smoking/Tobacco,Statistics

Reviews the decline of cancer mortality in the U.S. over the designated decade, the relationship between smoking and cancer, and the disparity in exposure to the risk of cancer among different population groups.  From Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 11, 2016 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Consumer Info/Protection,Headlines,Health/Medical,Mental Health

The first ever Surgeon General’s report on the threat to the health of Americans from drugs and alcohol.  Covers the neurobiology of addiction, treatment, and prevention issues, the role of health care systems, and a vision for the future.  Argues that addiction is a brain disease, not a moral failing.  From the Office of the Surgeon General


FBI Releases 2015 Hate Crime Statistics

Categories: Crime/Justice,Disability,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Sex Issues,Statistics

Press release featuring highlights from 2015 report on hate crimes.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


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