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Image Credit: Nick Oza/The Arizona RepublicState of Our State Conference Whitepapers on Criminal Justice reform are about who should be in jail and how society should treat them once there. Please read what our conference panelists have to say.

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Welcome to the Morrison Institute for Public Policy in the College of Public Service & Community Solutions at ASU. Currently, our group of researchers is engaged in several projects studying and advising the state of Arizona with regard to past and future policy. To see more information about the mission and staff, please see the About section.

While other institutions may single out for study a particular side of an argument, Morrison Institute has developed a uniquely non-partisan model recognizing that Arizona's past and future always favors independence. Our research must cut across all boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender, economic status, and locale. That's why research undertaken by Morrison Institute addresses all sides of an issue and all those impacted by the policy enacted.

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The Latino Center was launched in 2012 to help clarify the impact of Latino-related issues, public policy and trends on Arizona’s collective future. The Latino Center provides nonpartisan and credible data, analysis, expertise and content to policy makers, educators, news media, business and community leaders for better-informed decisions regarding Arizona’s changing demographics.

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ADDPC has launched a new statewide collaborative project to better engage people with developmental disabilities, their families and their communities on issues related to employment, health, and social connection. The project will include public discussions in 10 Arizona communities during April and May to build local and regional partnerships...


Most crimes involve at least one victim and one perpetrator. But behind this familiar pairing are thousands more Arizonans who suffer in the shadows as families and friends of both victims and offenders – notably including children growing up with at best a part-time mother or father. A high percentage of these “collateral victims” live in low-...

KJZZ News reported the uncertainty surrounding education funding in economically depressed rural district areas makes retaining teachers difficult. California schools are offering generous benefits and salaries that make competing...

Phoenix radio KJZZ welcomed Dan Hunting, a senior policy analyst at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, to speak about Prop 123 - what it is, what it does, and why you may or may not want to...

ASU News reported a panel of experts from the Institute for Civil Dialogue, ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, and the ASU Participatory Governance Initiative held a...

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.”

If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s...