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MIT Department of Economics;
Financial aid from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) provides exceptionally generous support to a college population similar to that served by a host of state aid programs. In conjunction with STBF, we randomly assigned aid awards to thousands of Nebraska high school graduates from low-income, minority, and first-generation college households. Randomly assigned STBF awards boost bachelor's (BA) degree completion for students targeting four-year schools by about 8 points. Degree gains are concentrated among four-year applicants who would otherwise have been unlikely to pursue a four-year program. Degree effects are mediated by award-induced increases in credits earned towards a BA in the first year of college. The extent of initial four-year college engagement explains heterogeneous effects by target campus and across covariate subgroups. Most program spending is a transfer, reducing student debt without affecting degree attainment. Award-induced marginal spending is modest. The projected lifetime earnings impact of awards exceeds marginal educational spending for all of the subgroups examined in the study. Projected earnings gains exceed funder costs for low-income, non-white, urban, and first-generation students, and for students with relatively weak academic preparation.
Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice;
Nebraska employs both indeterminate sentencing (for offenders convicted of serious felonies) and determinatesentencing (for offenders convicted of relatively less serious felonies and misdemeanors). The state does nothave a sentencing commission or sentencing guidelines. Parole in Nebraska was established in 1893 with theGovernor possessing the sole power to parole. Nebraska's Board of Parole has been operating since 1968 as an independent constitutional agency.
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
Women's Fund of Greater Omaha;
Human trafficking is the umbrella term that encompasses both the exploitation of individuals for labor as well as exploitation for commercial gain through sex. Acts of commercial sex with anyone under the age of 18 is de facto sex trafficking. In 2015 we conducted a state-wide survey to determine the services landscape in Nebraska. We published our findings in the Human Trafficking in Nebraska Report, which was presented at the LR186 hearing.
Public Education Network (PEN);
The PEN national office launched a 2005 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) online survey to follow up on the 2004 survey. The 2004 survey generated 12,000 responses and greatly influenced the recommendations in the "Open to the Public" report released in March 2005. PEN was particularly interested in reaching grassroots constituencies, but the voices of everyone -- including educators -- were counted.
Social IMPACT Research Center;
The newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey provide a glimpse of the ongoing impacts of the Great Recession for millions of individuals and families. This snapshot of your community's data includes a comparison of 2010 data to 2009 and 1999, illustrating trends over time.
We have analyzed the likely impact on voter turnout should Nebraska adopt Election Day Registration (EDR). Under the system proposed in Nebraska, eligible voters who miss the 18-day deadline for registering by mail may be able to register to vote on Election Day. Availability of Election Day Registration (EDR) procedures should give voters who have not previously registered the opportunity to vote. Consistent with existing research on the impact of EDR in the other states that use this process, we find that EDR would likely lead to substantial increases in voter turnout. Thisreport presents the following estimates of increases in turnout for Nebraska, and for specific groups of Nebraska citizens under EDR. Overall turnout could go up by 5.4 percent. Turnout among those aged 18 to 25 could increase by 10.6 percent. Turnout for those who have moved in the last six months could increase by 9.5 percent. Turnout for Latinos could increase by 9.0 percent Turnout for African Americans could increase by 6.0 percent. Turnout among poor and middle-income citizens could increase by 8.1 and 6.4 percent, respectively, while turnout among the wealthiest citizens would likely increase by 3.7 percent.
ACLU of Nebraska;
Every year since Nebraska began collecting racial profiling data in 2002, the data has shown there is a problem. This graphic summarizes some of the most disturbing findings from the 2013 data provided by law enforcement agencies around the state.
ACLU of Nebraska;
Tasers release 50,000 volts of electricity that jolt the body's central nervous system. While often classified as a "less-lethal" weapon, Amnesty International reports that there have been over 540 Taser-related deaths in the United States in the past thirteen years.
ACLU of Nebraska;
The report reviewed data collected by the Nebraska Crime Commission. The ACLU's analysis of the data found that "profiling in Nebraska traffic stops disproportionately and negatively affects communities of colors." The ACLU report focuses on three findings: 1) People of color are more likely to be pulled over. 2) People of color are more likely to be arrested: a white driver has a 1 in 48 chance of being arrested compared to a 1 in 13 chance for drivers of color. The data showed that there was not a significant difference in the actual offenses committed by the drivers. 3) People of color are more likely to be subjected to searches.
Women's Fund of Greater Omaha;
Women are consistently more likely to have incomes below the poverty line, according to a 2013 study by the Women's Fund of Omaha on "How Women Are Doing in Omaha." The report reveals that 11% of the population reported income below the poverty level, and women accounted for 57% of this total. The poverty rate for African Americans was nearly four times that of white respondents.