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Daily Archives: August 12, 2013

AG Holder Calls for Major Criminal Law Reform

Attorney General Eric Holder Delivers Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, August 12, 2013: “Even as most crime rates decline, we need to examine new law enforcement strategies – and better allocate resources – to keep pace with today’s continuing threats as violence spikes in some of our greatest cities.  As studies show that six in ten American children are exposed to violence at some point in their lives – and nearly one in four college women experience some form of sexual assault by their senior year – we need fresh solutions for assisting victims and empowering survivors.  As the so-called “war on drugs” enters its fifth decade, we need to ask whether it, and the approaches that comprise it, have been truly effective – and build on the Administration’s efforts, led by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, to usher in a new approach.  And with an outsized, unnecessarily large prison population, we need to ensure that incarceration is used to punish, deter, and rehabilitate – not merely to warehouse and forget. Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities.  And many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems, rather than alleviate them.”

How Big Data Is Transforming Government

Turning Optimism into Reality: How Big Data Is Transforming Government: “The proliferation of Big Data has forced agencies to consider its great potential to revolutionize federal operations. The White House’s Big Data Initiative has invested $200 million in new research and development projects to use Big Data, and the use of Big Data in variousContinue Reading

Entire History of the World Until 1931 – Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

Via Slate: “This “Histomap,” created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931. (The David Rumsey Map Collection hosts a fully zoomable version here.) (Or Click on the image and use your mouse to zoom in.) This giant, ambitious chart fit neatly with a trend in nonfiction book publishing of theContinue Reading

Defense Support of Civil Authorities

“…The US Armed Forces have a historic precedent and enduring role in supporting civil authorities during times of emergency, and this role is codified in national defense strategy as a primary mission of the Department of Defense….This Joint Publication 3-28 – July 31, 2013 has been prepared under the direction of the Chairman of the JointContinue Reading

UK – Freedom of Information – the next generation

By Steve Wood : “The evolution of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will reach a key milestone on 1st September, as the new open data rights come into force. Changes to the law not only give new rights to request data in a form that means it can be re-used, but also give users the right toContinue Reading

Reforming The Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century

SMART on CRIME – Reforming The Criminal Justice System  for the 21st Century, August 2013 “At the direction of the Attorney General, in early 2013 the Justice Department launched a  comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in order to identify reforms that would ensure  federal laws are enforced more fairly and—in an era of reduced budgets—moreContinue Reading

Prosecutorial Discretion Closed 1 in 4 Cases in Several Immigration Courts

“During the month of July 2013, ICE exercised prosecutorial discretion (PD) and agreed to close a total of 1,382 deportation cases that were pending before the Immigration Courts. This brings the total to 23,063 court closures over the past 19 months since the PD initiative began. The Seattle, San Diego, and Charlotte Immigration Courts hadContinue Reading

Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts

Indicators for Measuring Progress in Obesity Prevention: “Obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, creating serious health, economic, and social consequences. Despite acceleration in efforts to characterize, comprehend, and act on this problem, further understanding is needed on the progress and effectiveness of implemented preventive interventions. An IOM committeeContinue Reading

UN 2013 Human Development Report

“The 2013 Human Development Report – “The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World” – examines the profound shift in global dynamics driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world and its long-term implications for human development. China has already overtaken Japan as the worlds second biggest economy while liftingContinue Reading

Income and Earnings Estimates for 1st Quarter 2012

Census – “Using the two most recent waves (11 and 12) from the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation panel, this table package presents income and earnings estimates at the individual, family and household level for the first quarter (January, February and March) of 2012. Quarterly estimates by selected demographic characteristics, such as gender,Continue Reading