Institute of Urban Policy
Institute of Urban Policy
Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis

Featured Briefs

The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities: Spearheading Texas’s Ongoing Fight Against Institutional Racism and Other Causes of Inequity

For the last several months IUPRA has researched and analyzed one of the most important institutions the State of Texas has ever created, including interviews with policymakers, state agency employees and other Texans to learn deeply about The Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD). Today—as the 84th Texas Legislature prepares to adjourn sine die—may seem an inapt day to release a brief that calls for an ever-diversifying Texas to achieve greater racial equity by growing and supporting a crucial state agency. However, we here at IUPRA know that the Legislature has enrolled and sent to the Governor SB 200, with major, long-term reform at the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) seemingly inevitable. As HHSC, CEDD’s housing agency, changes over the months and years to come, it is essential for the Center to progress, grow, and succeed in its mission to make Texas a more equitable place for every child, family, and individual. We hope you read the brief now and in the future—not for our sake, but for Texas’s.

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Examining the Texas Prison Reform Model: How Texas is Maintaining Racial Disparity and Mass Incarceration