Author Archives: Natalie Rhoads

Million Dollar Blocks: The Cost of Incarceration in Chicago

Incarceration rates in Illinois have ballooned since the 1990s, with a prison population 50% higher today than in 1992, despite declining crime levels. In 2015, Illinois committed $1.4 billion to the Department of Corrections, an amount deemed ineffective and costly by researchers behind an initiative titled Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks.   The Million Dollar Blocks project […]

Changing the Game: Community Policing to Improve Public Safety

  In 2007, Richmond, California was the 9th most dangerous city in America facing an epidemic of homicides. But now, 5 years later, the number of homicides has been cut in half. Homicides are one of the leading causes of years of lost life, so a halving of the homicide rate is an amazing public […]