How Mental-Health Training for Police Can Save Lives—and Taxpayer Dollars

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WHY IS AMERICAN INTERNET SO SLOW?

by RICK PAULAS from Pacific Standard How much Internet speed do you have? Don’t know? Here. Take the test and find out. If you’re in America and getting a download speed of more than 50 Megabits per second (Mbps), you’re in great shape. If you’re getting less — which, odds are better than not that you are, seeing as the…

Geography and Life Expectancy Are Linked for Low-Income Americans

  by TANVI MISRA from CityLab Place matters when it comes to how much we earn. And how much we earn is linked to how long we’re likely to live. It is clear that place and longevity are also related—at least for the nation’s poor. That’s according to a comprehensive new study by Stanford University economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues, published Monday in the…

The Health Care System Is Leaving The Southern Black Belt Behind

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester from FiveThirtyEight   Sitting outside of a Starbucks on the corner of a strip mall in Tuscaloosa late last year, Dr. Remona Peterson described her hometown of Thomaston, Alabama, population 400. “Everybody loves our grocery store. That’s, like, our pride,” she said with a laugh. She was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s fifth-largest city,…

WHY POVERTY IS SKYROCKETING IN THE SUBURBS

by DWYER GUNN from Pacific Standard If you were to ask a group of Americans to pinpoint poverty in this country, a good many would tell you you to turn a watchful eye to the inner-city blocks. Perhaps others would suggest you look at the isolated valleys of rural Appalachian coal mining towns. But few would…

States Take the Lead on Juvenile Justice Reform

By Jake Horowitz from Pew Trust Ready for some good news? Juveniles in the U.S. are much less likely to be arrested for violent crime and committed to state custody than they were 15 years ago. From 2001 to 2014, the juvenile violent crime arrest rate fell 46 percent and, over roughly the same period,…