Black America and the Rise of Mass Incarceration

We spoke with James Forman, Jr., author of the forthcoming book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, about the role of black leadership in perpetuating and combating mass incarceration.

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Ending the Cycle of Poverty and Violence in Illinois

New research shows that poverty and violence are deeply interconnected — and feed off one another.

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Carnoy: Donald Trump’s Education Policy is “Misguided”

“No matter what the president and secretary may believe,” school voucher programs don’t work for low-income students, says Stanford University’s Martin Carnoy.

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Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity is a non-partisan initiative that brings together diverse perspectives from the political, policy, advocacy and foundation communities to find genuine solutions to the economic hardship confronting millions of Americans.

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In the Spotlight

Spotlight Exclusives includes commentaries from policymakers, advocates, academics, and other contributors from all points on the political spectrum, as well as Out of the Spotlight blog posts from our team. New headlines on poverty and economic mobility are posted daily.

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Spotlight on the States

State and local governments, community-based organizations and other non-profits play a significant role in implementing policies and programs to reduce poverty and promote opportunity.

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* Hover over a state to get a snapshot of poverty statistics in the state, then click or use the drop-down menu to access information and resources, news articles, and links to learn more about state efforts to reduce poverty.

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