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Mental Health Benefits of Parks Dimmed by Safety Concerns

No matter how close parks are to home, perceptions of park-centered crime may keep New Yorkers from using them. Researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine found that New Yorkers are more likely to exercise in a park if they believe they live very close to it. In turn, they feel less anxious and less...

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Two-Thirds of African Americans Know Someone Mistreated by Police, and 22% Report Mistreatment in Past Year

Sixty-eight percent of African Americans say they know someone who has been unfairly stopped, searched, questioned, physically threatened or abused by the police, and 43 percent say they personally have had this experience—with 22 percent saying the mistreatment occurred within the past year alone, according to survey results from Tufts University’s Research Group on Equity...

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Ankle Monitors Could Stigmatize Wearers

Electronic ankle monitors – increasingly used as an alternative to incarceration – are bulky and difficult to conceal, displaying their wearers’ potential involvement with the justice system for all to see, according to a new article by a Cornell researcher. Though these monitors have been widely used since the 1980s, their design has not significantly...

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Jurors Respond Negatively to Police Overreactions to Black Americans

As law enforcement’s use of body-worn cameras and dash cams has increased in the U.S., the growth of attorneys’ introduction of video evidence in court, including jury trials, has followed. Psychology and criminal justice researchers are now trying to determine the various influences of this footage, such as its impact on trial outcomes. One such...

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Adolescents from Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Show Gene Regulation Differences

The neighborhood a child grows up in may influence their health for years to come in previously invisible ways. A long-term study of 2,000 children born in England and Wales and followed to age 18 found that young adults raised in communities marked by more economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and danger display differences...

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5 Reasons Police Officers Should Have College Degrees

Following several deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on June 16 that calls for increased training and credentialing to reduce the use of excessive force by police. The order did not mention the need for police to get a college education, even though...

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Why America Typically Takes “Two Steps Forward and One Step Back” Following Periods of Protest Over Inequality.

Dolph Briscoe, PhD, a history scholar and lecturer at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, discusses how the current protests and clashes between demonstrators and police compare with those of past decades. Briscoe, whose teaching and research interests include the civil rights movement and African-American studies, says the present unrest and demands for equality can be better...

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Place Doesn’t Trump Race as Predictor of Incarceration

For black Americans – particularly men – growing up in better neighborhoods doesn’t diminish the likelihood of going to prison nearly as much as it does for whites or Latinos, new Cornell research shows. “If you’re a black male in America, it doesn’t matter much if you come from a good neighborhood or a bad...

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One-Third of American Households Face Troubles Paying Bills

One-third of American families have lost income since the beginning of shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with such losses striking families from all economic groups, according to a new nationally representative survey by the RAND Corporation. About 30 percent of households, representing all levels of income, are having trouble paying their bills. The problem...

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Staying Healthy Mentally and Physically While Protesting During a Pandemic

As people take to the streets in protest during the COVID-19 pandemic, Keck Medicine of USC experts share advice on how the public can protect both their mental well-being and physical health during this time. The importance of acknowledging the trauma many Americans experience “During this time when the American public is already mentally stretched...