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Andrea Purdy, a graduate student at UNO working towards her Master’s in Sociology, has spent the past few months creating a literature review on the topic of mass incarceration in the United States. This is the first step towards an analysis of the impact of mass incarceration on the minority communities in
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The Progressive Research Institute of Nebraska (PRI) is hosting the first in a series of Citizen Action Workshops. Our first workshop is aimed at providing tips, tools, support and inspiration to those affected by — and those working to change — Nebraska’s child and family systems.
Families and children most affected by the state’s laws,
… [Read More How To Influence The Policies of Nebraska’s Child Welfare, Juvenile Court and Family Court Systems]
PRI announces the publication of a wide-ranging review of the state of Child Welfare Services in Nebraska including nine pages of recommendations. This 71 page report covers the full gamut of Child Welfare Services including the Department of Health and Human Services, the courts, attorneys and state legislation.
This report is the
… [Read More PRI Releases Report On Child Welfare Services]
There was an excellent discussion on Tax Increment Financing (TIF) presented by Ken Kriz, School of Public Administration Professor at UNO, Heath Mello, Chair of the Nebraska Senate’s Appropriations Committee, and Bridget Hadley, Economic Development Planner for the City of Omaha. The Panel was convened by PRI and led by Jack Dunn, the Executive Director.
… [Read More Informative Tax Increment Financing Panel February 18 at Hot Shops Art Center]
A brief paper on the disproportionate removal of minority children (Black and Native American) from their families by the Nebraska Department of Health and Social Services has been posted. Accompanying this paper, PRI has posted third party papers for those who are interested in more information: a national study on the disproportionate
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PRI has published a report on behalf of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties about student achievement. The purpose of this report is to identify the best out-of-school predictors of academic achievement. While much ink has been spilled about the relationship between student achievement and teaching techniques, teacher experience, class size and
… [Read More New Report on Student Achievement Published by PRI]
On July 19, 2012, Progressive Research Institute of Nebraska (PRI) hosted a public forum to discover the problems that plague the child welfare system in Nebraska. There was great turn out from parents, foster parents, and advocates.
Below, we have created three word clouds to visually represent the main points from the forum. Word clouds
… [Read More Child Welfare Services Reform Public Hearing Results from July 19]
Today The Progressive Research Institute of Nebraska (PRI) released an update to the 2011 PRI report on Omaha Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plans.
This update, authored by Ji-Hyung Park and Dr. Kenneth Kriz of UNO, points out that Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is one of the most widely used policies for fostering economic
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A report was generated recently by two researchers in the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In 2011 they had been contracted “to conduct a gang assessment” (Simi & Hoffman, 2012); the full version of this report can be found here.
The report was contracted by the Empowerment Network and the City of
… [Read More Gang Assessment Creates Controversy]