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TRAC Immigration

October 15, 2021

TRAC's Immigration Project is a unique new multi-year effort to systematically go after very detailed information from the government, check it for accuracy and completeness and then make it available in an understandable way to the American people, Congress, immigration groups and others.Currently available on TRAC's Immigration site are reports focusing on Border Patrol apprehensions along the border, Border Patrol staffing, criminal enforcement in the federal district courts and government inspections activities at the designated ports of entry. Additional reports and studies are under development on a range of subjects such as the granting of immigration benefits — green cards, naturalization, affirmative asylum, etc — and the workings of the immigration courts. These reports and the latest data obtained from the government will be posted to our new site as the information is obtained from the various agencies, checked for accuracy and completeness and analyzed.

State Trends: Legislative Victories From 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth From the Adult Criminal Justice System

March 24, 2011

Explains the costs to youth, public safety, community prosperity, and states of prosecuting children as adults. Outlines trends in state laws aimed at removing youth from the adult criminal justice system and restructuring the juvenile justice system.

Life After Prison: Tracking the Experiences of Male Prisoners Returning to Chicago, Cleveland, and Houston

May 15, 2010

Examines the reentry experiences of 652 men in the three cities, including housing stability, family relationships, substance use, employment, and recidivism. Analyzes outcome predictors such as prison programs, job training, and family structure.

The Joyce Foundation's Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration: Testing Strategies to Help Former Prisoners Find and Keep Jobs and Stay Out of Prison

July 1, 2009

Each year, almost 700,000 people are released from state prisons, and many struggle to find jobs and integrate successfully into society. This policy brief describes an innovative demonstration of transitional jobs programs for former prisoners in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Paul being conducted by MDRC.

Women on the Outside: Understanding the Experiences of Female Prisoners Returning to Houston, Texas

June 5, 2009

Compares the experiences of women returning from prison with those of men, including being reunited with children and obtaining employment and child care. Explores policies and practices that would help support women prisoners' reentry.

Prisoner Reentry in Houston: Community Perspectives

May 14, 2009

Outlines the views of community members, local government, and the nonprofit sector on housing, employment, substance abuse, and other issues of prisoner reentry; policies and practices that affect reentry; and the roles of the community and stakeholders.

When Relatives Return: Interviews With Family Members of Returning Prisoners in Houston, Texas

May 14, 2009

Examines the emotional, financial, and other tangible support family members of released prisoners provide during the reentry process, how they are affected, and what services would help. Compares the experiences of relatives of released men and women.

2008 Survey of the Performance of American Elections: Final Report

March 26, 2009

Analyzes results of a survey on the 2008 elections voting experience, voter confidence in the system, reasons for not voting, and support for reform proposals. Examines how age, race/ethnicity, and length of residency affect voters' experiences.

Putting Public Safety First: 13 Strategies for Successful Supervision and Reentry

December 2, 2008

Outlines organizational- and case management-level strategies to reduce recidivism through risk reduction and behavior change, such as by aligning resources with risk factors. Describes each practice's benefits, evidence base, and examples from the field.

Being Online Is Not Enough: State Elections Web Sites

October 16, 2008

Assesses state elections Web sites on the availability and accessibility of information on voter registration, registration status, and polling places. Lists the ten best and worst sites and suggests ways to make helpful information easy to find and use.

Employment After Prison: A Longitudinal Study of Releasees in Three States

October 1, 2008

Analyzes former prisoners' experiences in finding work after release as well as predictors of success, including demographics, pre-prison employment, participation in in-prison employment-related programs, and job-hunting strategies. Considers implication

Vanishing Voters: Why Registered Voters Drop Off the Rolls

September 23, 2008

Assesses states' implementation and enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act's rules protecting citizens from being dropped wrongly from voting rolls and the number of voters affected. Recommends actions for state and federal governments.