First Looks: Fall 2015

This episode of Science Unscrambled highlights the article Bipartisan Science from the Fall/Winter 2015 issue.

Editor’s Journal: Jailhouse Rot

An introduction.

Reducing Incarceration Rates: When Science Meets Political Realities

Work in the states documents the difficulty of this challenge, but also reveals some lessons that may help policymakers and other stakeholders reach this aim.

The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color

In poor and disadvantaged communities, there may well be a tipping point at which rigorous crime policies and practices can do more harm than good.

Unwinding Mass Incarceration

More must be done to help the large number of people already in the criminal justice system successfully reenter society—or risk undermining support for reform.

Correctional Health Is Community Health

Drawing from these recommendations to improve health care in prisons and jails can yield far-reaching benefits for inmates, their home communities, and the nation.

Perspective: Advice to My Smart Phone

Until recently our friends were the ones who knew us best, and perhaps even knew what was best for us. But nowadays that role is being claimed by our smartphones: our new best friends. Loaded with sensors and apps, they know which shoes, books, and music we might like. And a new generation of apps is also helping us to lead physically and mentally healthier lives.

Bipartisan Science

It’s not enough for scientists to clearly communicate their findings to policy makers; they need to be politically smart, too. This means highlighting evidence and options that can appeal to opposing ideologies.

CRISPR Democracy: Gene Editing and the Need for Inclusive Deliberation

The 1975 Asilomar conference on the risks of recombinant DNA is a poor model for governing newly emerging gene-editing technologies.

Table of Contents for the Fall 2015 issue

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