Prison Reform: Why Less is More

8232What happens when prison sentences are reduced and non-violent criminals are set free? As UC Berkeley professor Steve Raphael argues, crime rates don’t rise and in some cases, they actually go down. Hear why alternatives to “tough on crime” sentencing guidelines can make communities safer as California and other states rethink their policies on punishment.

Watch Prison Reform: Alternatives to Mass Incarceration.

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The R-O-I is H-I-G-H on Head Start and Other Public Programs

8232The numbers tell the story. In Up From Poverty: Funding Solutions That Work, public policy analysts Hilary Hoynes and Rucker Johnson show how investments in pre-K programs, nutritional assistance, Medicaid and earned income tax credits provide solid and reliable paths out of poverty if properly funded.

They’ve done the research – check out their results in this eye-opening conversation with Henry E. Brady, dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley.

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Smart Talk on The Public Policy Channel

Three new thought-provoking programs from the Goldman School of Public Policy debut this week:

First, the former Assistant Secretary of Defense and former dean Michael Nacht surveys the globe with an assessment of hot spots awaiting the new president.

Watch: Conflict Zones and National Security with Michael Nacht

Next, the Public Policy Channel launches a new series, Millennial Voices Heard at Goldman, featuring graduate students advocating on issues they care about. Hear why Charlotte Hill is taking a year off from school to fight anticorruption in government through, and then check out Rob Moore as he tells of his political awakening as an organizer for Planned Parenthood in Nebraska.

Watch: Charlotte Hill

Watch: Rob Moore

Real world experiences informing public policy – that’s what Goldman is all about.

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Bernie Channeling Bob!

8232So, you like Bernie? Does his campaign pledge to address income inequality appeal to you? Then you should check out what former Labor Secretary Robert Reich has to say about how the basic rules of capitalism are stacked in favor of those at the top and what can be done to shape market forces so that more people share in economic prosperity.

Watch Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few with Robert Reich.

Water Policy and the Drought

8232If you’ve spent anytime in California in the last few years, you know this: California is in the midst of a severe drought. But while the lack of rainfall is not in dispute, there is widespread disagreement on how to respond.

A panel convened for Cal Day at UC Berkeley explores policy options that could attract support throughout the state, even from groups with conflicting interests. These experts argue that despite the diversity of perspectives in California, the state is well-positioned to achieve bipartisan consensus on solutions that will affect everyone.

Just what do they have in mind? Watch Water Policy and the Drought to find out!

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