Extreme weather is a social as well as meteorological phenomenon, which is illustrated in this report, last featured in the 09-14-2007 Scout Report. Since the report was published, the Urban Institute has released other content related to natural disasters, such as "Improving the Disaster Recovery of Low-Income Families" (found in the "Policy Debates" section linked in the page header).
Numerous organizations have investigated the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and many have offered follow-up analyses of the situation in and around New Orleans. One such organization is the Urban Institute, whose researchers released a compelling 15-page review of the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the criminal justice system of New Orleans, titled After Katrina: Washed Away? Justice in New Orleans. Written by Caterina Gouvis Roman, Seri Irazola, and Jenny Osborne, the report draws on interviews with criminal justice stakeholders living and working in greater New Orleans. The authors examine the functioning of the criminal justice system before and after the hurricane, and the report concludes with a number of policy considerations and lessons for other jurisdictions to draw from experiences in New Orleans.