Police Project: Lessons From Charlotte


Police departments around the country have been in the spotlight recently because of several controversial, high-profile incidents. Tragic events in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore, and elsewhere have highlighted the need for police departments to better address the issue of adverse interactions between the police and the public. Many police departments are working hard to [...]

Police Project: Lessons From Charlotte2018-05-12T14:07:57-05:00

Sunlight Project: Text Re-Use in Scott Walker’s Abortion Bill


On Monday, Wisconsin governor and 2016 presidential candidate Scott Walker signed into law a bill banning non-emergency abortions past the 19th week of pregnancy. Unsurprisingly, Walker's move garnered support from one side, derision from the other, and media attention from both. However, journalists face a big hurdle when trying to provide context for a story [...]

Sunlight Project: Text Re-Use in Scott Walker’s Abortion Bill2018-05-12T14:07:58-05:00

Australian Conservation Foundation Project: Engage and Protect


Last year, in a move opposed by over 90% of Australian citizens, the Australian government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott formally requested the de-listing of the Tasmanian Wilderness as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Abbott administration wanted to revoke the status to allow logging within the protected area. If successful, the bid would have [...]

Australian Conservation Foundation Project: Engage and Protect2018-05-12T14:08:00-05:00

IDHS Project: Better Birth Outcomes


An adverse birth can have devastating personal, financial, and even developmental consequences for both mother and child. Individuals born at shorter gestation and lower weight than average have increased risk of heart disease and diabetes. Low birthweight and preterm birth have also been associated with poor non-health outcomes such as lower educational attainment and labor [...]

IDHS Project: Better Birth Outcomes2018-05-12T14:08:00-05:00

Sunlight Project: Finding Legislative Plagiarism


In 2005, Florida implemented a new "Stand Your Ground" law, which legally protected the use of deadly force in self-defense. The law, which removes the "duty to retreat" when a person is threatened with serious bodily harm, gained national attention after George Zimmerman fatally shot Trayvon Martin in 2012. Soon after its passage in Florida, [...]

Sunlight Project: Finding Legislative Plagiarism2018-05-12T14:08:01-05:00