3Qs: Will states follow Feds’ lead on phasing out private prisons?

The Jus­tice Depart­ment will be phasing out the use of pri­vate prisons, citing safety con­cerns as well as their lack of reha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incar­cer­a­tion expert, to explain how this direc­tive might affect for-​​profit prisons at the state level and whether the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion could impact the DOJ’s new policy.

3Qs: Fixing Massachusetts’ troubled foster care system

The death of a 2-​​year-​​old foster child in Auburn, Mass­a­chu­setts, in August drew wide­spread atten­tion to the state’s trou­bled child wel­fare system. Pro­fes­sors Elise Dal­limore and Christie Rizzo address the crit­i­cism lev­eled at the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies and what changes should be made to improve the foster care system.

How trash can reveal an urban landscape’s ‘invisible realities’

New assis­tant pro­fessor Dietmar Offen­huber wants to make cities and their infra­struc­tures more leg­ible in order to improve their gov­er­nance. One of his approaches involves tracking the move­ment of garbage.

3Qs: The future of the Affordable Care Act

Pro­fessor Kristin Madison exam­ines the poten­tial out­comes of the Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling on Pres­i­dent Obama’s sig­na­ture health-​​care legislation.

3Qs: Analyzing the cybersecurity threat posed by hackers

Themis Papa­george, an asso­ciate clin­ical pro­fessor of com­puter and infor­ma­tion sci­ence, exam­ines the cyber­se­cu­rity threat posed by al-​​Qaida and Anony­mous, a global group of hackers.

Redesigning Boston’s North End

Civil engi­neering stu­dents cre­ated an inno­v­a­tive solu­tion for lim­iting the neighborhood’s traffic prob­lems and pedes­trian congestion.