Risk Management: Assessing Domestic Violence Suspects Arrested in Phoenix. Domestic violence is Phoenix’s most commonly reported violent crime, but many suspects’ cases are dismissed almost immediately after arrest, and many others are freed from jail without the supervision recommended by a standard risk-analysis. Risk Management reports these findings among others from analysis of data collected by Phoenix Municipal Court on misdemeanor domestic violence (DV) suspects booked into Maricopa County jails from June 2006 to June 2009. They are reported in the fifth issue of Criminal Justice Issues in Arizona.
New data reported in AZ Views briefing Arizonans On Edge…So Why Not Involved?” reveals that two-thirds of Arizonans who participated in the latest Arizona Indicators Panel are dissatisfied with how the Arizona Legislature is dealing with the state budget and tax issues. And in the past 12 months, attitudes about how Arizonans feel about job security have shifted significantly, and for some panelists, so have worries about a declining quality of life.
In today’s economic climate of job losses and rising rates of the uninsured, more Arizonans are gambling that they won’t need health coverage, shifting costs to others, and hoping that they stay healthy and face better times in the future. Truth and Consequences: Gambling, Shifting, and Hoping in Arizona Health Care combines research on the costs and benefits of health insurance with the stories of Arizonans who lack health insurance. The result is a compelling picture of lost dollars, potential, and opportunity.
Arizona’s Mind-Body Problem: Mental Health Systems and Choices, the fifth issue of the Forum 411 series, looks at the second-class status of behavioral health in Arizona. Treating physical and mental health separately adversely impacts all Arizonans—the majority who rely on private health insurance as well as some of the state’s sickest and most vulnerable adults and children who are treated in a public mental health system that has been criticized as underfunded, understaffed, and highly uneven in its quality of care.
“Great Expectations: Arizona Teens Speak Up,” the fourth issue of Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Forum 411 briefing series, offers insights into the state’s 600,000-plus adolescents from professionals who work with them every day and from teens themselves. The success of today’s teens is particularly important because of the aging of society and Arizona’s high “dependency ratio,” or the number of children and seniors in relation to those of working age. Arizona has the nation’s second highest rate. Arizona’s teens have aspirations. The question is whether Arizona will help young people with public policies that address risks, reward achievements, and expand opportunities.
The Purple Ribbon Study Circles Pilot Project Evaluation reveals that a grassroots dialogue-to-action program designed to inspire bottom-up collaboration on issues of domestic abuse and domestic homicide proved to be a success and several important lessons were learned to help full implementation. This brief is the fourth issue in the Criminal Justice Issues for Arizona series.
Forum 411: “Yin and Yang Political Science” focuses on the evolving roles of government by looking at five state and local entities that impact nearly all Arizonans, but are not well-known. The report looks at how these agencies came to be, how their purposes have changed over time, and how the state’s expectations have changed.
Richard's Reality: The Costs of Chronic Homelessness in Context puts a face on chronic homelessness and provides an overview of the issue’s high human and financial costs. The report combines personal stories with actual and average costs for basic assistance.
AZ Views, a project of the Arizona Indicators Panel, provides the latest data and analysis from statewide surveys with 650 Arizonans chosen to represent the state’s diverse population.
AZ Workforce: Latinos,
Youth and the Future
looks at how with unemployment up, consumer spending down, and governments facing revenue shortfalls, Arizona must become more competitive than ever before. Pproduced as part of ASU’s César E. Chávez Leadership Lecture series.
Greater Phoenix Forward: Sustaining and Enhancing the Human-Services Infrastructure, a report by ASU’s College of Public Programs and Morrison Institute, highlights current and future human services needs for Maricopa County.
Pinal County Domestic-Violence Court, Some Early but Encouraging Results reveals that Pinal County’s specialized court for domestic-violence cases offers some promising results for dealing with this common and complex offense. This brief is the third issue in the Criminal Justice Issues for Arizona series.
Forum 411: "We Are L.A.?" All big cities have mixed images, but the über-negative view of Los Angeles is grounded in three attributes – smog, congestion, and sprawl. These problems and the comparisons between Phoenix and L.A. are examined in this second issue of the Forum 411 briefing series.
Forum 411: "Immigration: From Global to Local to Kids" describes the worldwide migration phenomenon and the reality for Arizona that immigration is as much about kids and parents as it is about workers and employers. This is the debut issue of Forum 411, Morrison Institute's new quarterly briefing series.
Megapolitan: Arizona's Sun Corridor examines Arizona's Sun Corridor as one of 20 “megapolitan” areas in the U.S. and offers a bold new picture of Arizona’s geography and its future opportunities and “megaton” challenges.
Arizona Policy Choices
Sustainability for Arizona: The Issue of Our Age provides clear definitions, examples, and data to help policymakers and voters understand how to solve the “puzzle” of sustainability from a state and local policy perspective.
Morrison Institute reports can also be found at your local public library and at:
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Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
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Phoenix, AZ 85007 - (602) 926-4035
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