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Elizabeth Hawes
September 22, 2021 | Elizabeth Hawes
A pandemic death count does not show the daily suffering of people who were imprisoned during this time. While a formidable chunk of my work generally revolves around the documentation of mass incarceration, this past year I focused on stories that showed the humanity or the lack of humanity around…
Film image, with the filmakers names, an image of an African American man looking into the distance, and the awards the film has won.
September 15, 2021 | Katherin Hervey and Erin Kenway
The Prison Within aims to shatter the perception of Us and Them as divided and defined by prison walls—walls designed not only to keep people in, but to keep society out. The physical separation from society does not originate from a place of public safety but from the belief that those imprisoned a…
Matthew Clair and the cover of he book
September 8, 2021 | Matthew Clair
I wrote Privilege and Punishment: How Race and Class Matter in Criminal Court to understand and help to improve the lives of people who experience being processed as a defendant in our nation’s criminal courts. Over the past half century, the number of people arrested and processed in our nation’s c…
A young, black person looks at the water near a bridge.
August 18, 2021 | Jess Abercrombie
The data we choose to collect are indicative of our values and beliefs. Over the past few years, I’ve become increasingly curious about the information that is collected on me in various settings: doctor’s office intake forms, paperwork for government identification, job and rental applications, etc…
Three hands, one on top of the other.
August 2, 2021 | Evident Change
With the aim of growing a new cadre of social justice researchers, Evident Change recently recruited students from across the country at all levels of higher education. These interns and research assistants will develop, or support development of, publications or instruments that benefit Evident Cha…
A smiling baby looks over an adult's shoulder at the viewer.
July 29, 2021 | Evident Change
What started as a request for Evident Change to develop an intake assessment tool has become much more for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Community involvement in developing the tool has been diverse and far-reaching, and a large group of community stakeholders create…
A multiracial family spends time outdoors with the father kissing the toddler while the mother looks on affectionately.
June 30, 2021 | Evident Change
If your state received federal approval for its Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) plan, you may be well on your way to decreasing your reliance on foster care. However, approval of a state’s plans to prevent children from entering out-of-home care, and the funding for prevention services…
Deajah Nunn and Hayden Renato
May 27, 2021 | Evident Change
As Evident Change’s first youth advisors wrap up over nine months of work, they leave an indelible mark on the organization. Along with consulting on system-improvement projects across the country, Deajah Nunn and Hayden Renato took on several youth-led research projects. A set of seven recommendati…
A smiling young boy with his arms around a male caregiver's neck looks into the camera.
May 27, 2021 | Cynthia Burnson, PhD
The Family First Prevention Services Act has the potential to move significant child welfare resources upstream—to fund services that help families provide safe, loving homes for their children. While this funding could help decrease the need for foster care and is worthy of celebrating, the act als…
A smiling family of mom, dad, young child, and baby recline on the grass.
May 19, 2021 | Evident Change
Without an integrated case management system, a child welfare agency’s time and money go into data collection and reporting—and likely stop there. To help children and families achieve their greatest potential, agencies need high-quality data in a user-friendly interface that provides critical infor…