The European Union's International Urban Cooperation (IUC) program launched an open call for US cities with 100,000 residents or more to cooperate with a city in the EU facing similar challenges, such as preparing for the impacts of climate change, addressing urban poverty, improving social inclusion, providing affordable housing, finding sources of renewable energy, and others. Check the link for more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, or apply for a pairing by midnight EST Friday, March 30th.
A new study from the Brookings Institution looks at work and opportunity before and after an individual was incarcerated, hoping to better understand how to reduce both incarceration rates and recidivism. Their study found that childhood poverty dramatically increases chances of incarceration, and they recommend that policy interventions focus earlier in life to reduce child poverty and improve outcomes later in life. Read their post about the report for more details.
NewDEALer in the Spotlight
Charles Branson, District Attorney
(Douglas County, KS)
NewDEAL Leader Douglas County, KS District Attorney Charles Branson officially launched his new diversion program for women struggling with substance abuse, a 2017 New Ideas Challenge finalist idea. The program offers these individuals the chance to enter treatment and receive wraparound services, rather than continue through the revolving door between courts and jail for a series of misdemeanor charges. Learn more about the program, which is free for women to apply for.