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California implemented a law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a drivers license, which has reduced the number of hit-and-runs. With a license, they are less likely to flee the scene due to fears around deportation or car impounding.

Pacific Standard

Tom Jacobs

April 3, 2017

California, United States

Richmond, California has one of the nation’s highest gun violence rate. To combat crime, Operation Peacemaker Fellowship tracks and identifies individuals at risk to commit violent acts or or become a victim of one. After identifying them, the Fellowship directs each at-risk person with employment training and social services and sends out teams to de-escalate conflicts within targeted communities.

The New York Times

Rikha Sharma Rani

February 21, 2017

Richmond, California, United States

To diversify the police force, UK and US research studies have focused on using behavioral economics. The UK's Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has used behavioural economics and psychology to alter phrasing and messages, in order to attract more diverse applicants and its success has spurred more future projects.


Kara Sherwin

February 20, 2017

United States

Young black Jacksonians are afraid to call the police in self defence for fear they will be accused of gang violence and arrested instead of protected. Various programs are using research of violence and recidivism to create programs that address the people most likely to commit violent crimes instead of just putting them in jail.

Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

February 15, 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Police actions at a crime scene often exacerbate the victim’s trauma and trigger a person with mental illness who is going through a crisis. The Trauma-Informed Response Team in Milwaukee, is part of a national trend to train police officers in crisis intervention so they can identify signs of mental illness, and efficiently and safely get someone in crisis into the care of a mental health professional.


Maura Ewing

February 9, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

The Queensbridge Houses, one of the nation's largest public housing projects, is celebrating more than one year without a shooting in what Mayor de Blasio called "a year of golden silence." Security measures such as the implementing of lights and cameras, combined with the creation of the 696 Queensbridge, a team of ex-convicts who patrol the area, has greatly reduced violence in the area.

NBC New York

Roseanne Colletti

February 3, 2017

New York City, New York, United States

​In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut by the 'Youth in Iceland' program that institutted a curfew for children, promoted greater parental involvement, and involvement in extra curriculars. Now the questions is, why are other places not following suit?


Emma Young

January 17, 2017

Reykjavik, Iceland

Chicago plans to open a community court for young adult offenders that focuses on rehabilitative services and community support, giving them a chance to make reparations to victims and avoid a criminal record that can jeopardize opportunities for the rest of their lives. Part 3 of 3.

The Christian Science Monitor

Nissa Rhee

December 24, 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

The police department and the Office of Neighbourhood Safety in Richmond, CA are lowering the number of homicides by identifying the youths most likely to commit crimes and giving them cash in return for compliance with their program.

Detroit Free Press

Jeff Seidel

December 17, 2016

Richmond, California, United States

A program in Richmond California identifies and enlists felons and youth at-risk for firearm violence in a fellowship, and is credited for a 76% decrease in homicides in the city. Participants receive relationship building, life maps, excursions, stipends, intergenerational mentoring, and internships, and are paid for good behaviour.

Detroit Free Press

Jeff Seidel

December 17, 2016

Richmond, California, United States

Safe Streets, a program run by the city’s Health Department, has lowered fatal shootings in Baltimore’s neighbourhood of Park Heights by hiring local ex-cons to defuse volatile situations before guns are drawn.

Detroit Free Press

Matt Helms

December 16, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

The approach of some state detention directors to juvenile justice has evolved at Henley-Young Juvenile Justice Center. Research shows that traditional detention is simply not working as a deterrent to youth crime—and can actually increase it. Administrators, county and special-interest groups have chipped away at antiquated practices to make room for rehabilitation and therapy. These efforts attempt to address the core issues that culminate in youth crime, delinquency and recidivism.

Jackson Free Press

Sierra Mannie, Arielle Dreher

December 14, 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Girls in Chicago's toughest neighborhoods face extensive danger on a daily basis. Not enough is being done to help girls so that they do not engage in violence or self-harm. Programs such as the Urban Warrior Program, Demoiselle 2 Femme, and the juvenile justice system are implementing programs tailored to understand the issues for girls in this community and to then provide mentoring and education.

Chicago Tribune

Anne Sweeney

December 10, 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Whitten Preparatory, a mostly black middle school, is one of four schools in Jackson that are trying to combat disciplinary issues and keep violence low by using peer mediation - training students to be mediators so they can help their classmates come to a peaceful resolution to their issues.

Jackson Free Press

Sierra Mannie

November 30, 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Across the country, hospitals are embracing intensive intervention programs to help victims of violence — including those who have criminal histories — after they have been brought in for treatment of injuries. Such programs can help prevent retaliation, reduce the chance a patient will be violently injured again, and put people on track for success.

Gina Damron

November 19, 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

If juveniles in the Hinds County youth-court system, whose families tend to have limited resources, cannot get sustained, meaningful help at the center, they do not have many other options. But, thanks to a lawsuit on behalf of the juveniles in the facility, the county is starting to address the lack of mental-health services - whether in facilities or starting at home with the family.

Jackson Free Press

Tim Summers, Jr.

November 9, 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Victims of crime suffer a myriad of issues and there haven't been systems in place to support them. 'Safe Horizon' has developed a program to put advocates in each precinct in New York to work with the victims and help provide services.

The New York Times

Benjamin Mueller

October 26, 2016

New York City, New York, United States

To improve its consistently high truancy rates, last academic year Española Valley High School implemented a new truancy and dropout prevention program aimed at shaping up poor attendance. The results are yet to be determined — but debate still rages within the school about the best method for battling truancy.

Rio Grande Sun

Andrew Martinez

October 15, 2016

Española, New Mexico, United States

Many suicides are caused by gun-inflicted wounds annually in the United States. Connecticut passed a law in 1999 that enabled law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people who were at-risk of causing harm to themselves or to others. Research on the law has shown that after police removed guns, people were less likely to use them inappropriately after they were returned, thereby preventing suicides.

The Roanoke Times

Amy Friedenberger

October 10, 2016

Roanoke, Virginia, United States

Cameras worn on police uniforms have been lauded as a possible solution to many of the problems facing officers in the line of duty, from violence against law enforcement to the unnecessary use of force. The US Department of Justice recently announced a plan to spend $20 million on body cameras for cops in 32 states. The cameras are controversial, as all surveillance...


Cassie Werber

September 29, 2016

London, United Kingdom

Alternative programming that involves "restorative justice" models - such as having youth within the criminal justice system create art as a means of self expression instead of detaining them in a prison-like facility - are much more effective at preventing antisocial and criminal behavior in youth than involvement in the juvenile-justice system.

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

August 17, 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

The gang-driven violence in Honduras has caused thousands to migrate to the United States. In the last three years, with the emergency international aid from the United States, Honduras has experienced a 62 percent drop in homicides and has witnessed a decrease in the number of migrants entering the United States. The aid has gone towards community improvement projects and outreach centers, such as providing items for soccer games and other activities that dissuade gangsters from fighting each other.

The New York Times

Sonia Nazario

August 11, 2016

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Though collective efforts by health care providers to standardize opioid prescriptions, clinics to expand recovery programs, and law enforcement to encourage addicts to enter rehab rather than prison seem to have reduced over-prescription of pain medicine, they may unintentionally be causing a rise in heroin use in southwest Colorado.

High Country News

Paige Blankenbuehler

August 8, 2016

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

Heroin and opiate addiction is a growing problem across the country, but it’s also a familiar concern in Rio Arriba county. Local health officials have tried for years to reduce the number of overdose deaths in the county. A new initiative called Pathways aims to bring new resources to the fight but not everyone agrees that it’s the best approach.

New Mexico PBS

Megan Kamerick

August 5, 2016

Española, New Mexico, United States

State agencies are having success countering New Mexico’s overdose epidemic by increasing access to opiate antidotes.

High Country News

John Calef

August 5, 2016

New Mexico, United States

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