New reports on incarceration effects, school integration funding and teen birth rates

News. Children in poverty are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions such as asthma and ADHD, says a new study. Another report says adding low-income housing to poor neighborhoods lowers crime and boost property values. The mayor in Santa Fe proposes using gross receipt tax revenue to fight poverty. In San Antonio, leaders are trying to help military poverty. Take a look at “The Divorce Gap,” which often leaves women worse off financially post-divorce while men tend to see their incomes rise.
AECF-graphSpecial report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a new report about the toll of parental incarceration. More than five million U.S. children have a parent in jail or prison during their lives. Parental incarceration can have the same impact on well-being as abuse or domestic violence, the report says. What policies could help families and children affected by incarceration? Check out the Shared Sentence report and the graph below. Read great stories referencing the report in New York, Knoxville, Detroit and Baltimore.

Reports & resources:

  • Similarly, the Department of Health & Human Services reports on couple relationships before, during and after incarceration. The longitudinal study looks at the effects on individual, interpersonal and community safety and well-being, as well as key factors that predicted stronger relationships after release.
  • We’re still working on school integration in 2016. The Department of Education announced several initiatives to keep it moving forward this year, naming “school diversity” as one of its top four funding areas for the first time.
Data & demographics:
  • The teen birth rate is falling, Pew reports. The rate is at a record low, and minority and younger teens are leading the largest drops. What’s going on here? The economy, better education and better contraception all contribute, Pew says.
  • Covering the Indiana primary today or the West Virginia primary next week? See the demographic profiles about voters from the Census Bureau.
Final thoughts. Federal and state governments aren’t doing enough to combat painkiller and heroin abuse, says a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll released today. More than 60 percent of Americans want Congress and the White House to do more, the poll says. In your community, how many people have family members with addiction problems? How many people say family members don’t receive needed mental health care? How many people are that family member? Check out the Kaiser numbers and graphs and brainstorm a quick-hit story idea that asks your local officials for thoughts.
Carefully curating for you,
Carolyn Crist

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