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Race and economic mobility, Prisoner re-entry, Health care disparites, and ID laws as tools of disenfranchisement

A new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts
finds that while many children do improve their income relative to
their parents, the degree of upward mobility is usually limited and
blacks experience dramatically less upward economic mobility than
whites.  The racial gap in economic mobility for the poorest families
remains even when controlling for single- or two-parent families.

In The Challenges of Prisoner Reentry: Facts and Figures, the Urban Institute emphasizes
the challenges faced by newly released prisoners, with less than a
majority finding employment after release, lower wages for those who do
find employment, little stability in housing, and high rates of
rearrest.

Highlighting widespread disparities in health care by race and region, a new study, Disparities in Health and Health Care among Medicare Beneficiaries commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
finds that many patients fail to receive treatments of proven benefit. 
One dramatic example highlighted is that the rate of leg amputation
following diabetes and vascular diseases is four times greater in
blacks than whites.

Addressing the roiling debate over use of ID cards, the Center for American Progress has released The ID Divide,
a report that highlights both the misuse of ID laws to disenfranchise
many low-income citizens and the social challenges, from opening a bank
account to flying on an airplane, faced by anyone who lacks the
documentation needed for a state ID.  The report urges that any
identification law be designed to promote key principles of real
security, inclusion and fairness for all.