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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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Over the last 30 years there has been a power shift in Arizona's criminal justice system, with many sentencing outcomes no longer primarily determined by judges and parole boards but now by prosecutors. Mandatory minimum sentencing, truth-in-sentencing, and other measures have contributed to greatly...

The Center for the Future of Arizona and Expect More Arizona announced they have developed a progress meter in an effort to improve education in Arizona.

More than 30 groups, including the Governor’s Office of Education...

Phoenix Business Journal announced that Maria Harper-Marinick, a Morrison Institute for Public Policy Distinguished Fellow, has been named interim chancellor at Maricopa Community Colleges until a permanent replacement...

Flint, Michigan has been on my mind a lot lately.

Like so many others, I am outraged by the ineptitude that sent lead-poisoned water coursing through the city’s water system and through its citizens and children. This negligence, which...

David Daugherty of Morrison Institute for Public Policy was a guest on KJZZ and spoke about the major concerns on the minds of Arizona voters, including safety, education, immigration and the economy.