PPI Research Clearinghouse Reaches 1,800 Entries

Sadie Gold-Shapiro reports back on a big milestone in PPI’s very own Research Clearinghouse.

by Sadie Gold-Shapiro, March 25, 2014

Photo of Sadie editing the Research Clearinghouse

This February marked my one year anniversary of working at Prison Policy Initiative as a work study student from Smith College. While here, I have worked on a variety of projects including cross-checking annotations in 2010 Locator, finding citations for Please Deposit All of Your Money: Kickbacks, Rates and Hidden Fees in the Jail Phone Industry, and sorting through the petition to the FCC that called for federal regulation of exploitive prison telephone rates.

Since September of 2013, one of my main projects has been curating PPI’s very own Research Clearinghouse, home to one of the largest collections of empirical research about prisons on the internet with topics ranging from the Death Penalty to Families to Prison and the Economy. My job is to read through all of the latest reports from myriad organizations and sort them into the Clearinghouse so that they are accessible and easy to locate. This past week, the database reached a large milestone; on Wednesday, we broke 1800 reports!

The Research Clearinghouse is great because of the span and magnitude of the research that it holds. As a history major, I love exploring patterns and trends over time; with articles ranging in publication from 1982-today, the Clearinghouse offers a unique way to understand some of the changes the United States criminal justice system has undergone in the last thirty years. The Clearinghouse is also a great place to look if you are interested in researching a topic, but don’t know where to start. Best of all, the Clearinghouse is free and easy to use; all of the reports have been sorted into categories and there is a search function as well.

Interest piqued? If you want to learn more about the Research Clearinghouse and stay up-to-date on the latest research, you can explore it online or sign up for the Clearinghouse newsletter, delivered right to your email.

2 responses:

  1. Ellen Tartakoff says:

    Very interesting Sadie! Now I know what you have been doing…..

  2. Joanne Gangi-Wellman says:


    It made me happy to realize what work you are doing. So valuable. I spent time when I was in high school on a prison project whereby I arranged for students, including myself, to write to prisoners and to work with ex-prisoners to come to the school as speakers about prison conditions, actions we could take to assist in the effort for positive change in the prisons and in society (attitudes, ignorance etc). Anyhoo, thinking of you fondly and hope to catch up with you soon. Love you.

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