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Burning Sugar Cane Pollutes Communities of Color in Florida. Brazil Shows There's Another Way.

ProPublica

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In Brazil, the world's largest producer of sugar cane, industry leaders have found a way to harvest the crop without sugar cane burning. Sugar cane burning is harmful to the environment and nearby residents. After complaints and regulations, producers invested in technology that allows them to cu...

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Santa Fe's once-vaunted diversion program for people with addictions has dwindled to nearly nothing

Santa Fe Reporter

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One of the nation's first programs using police officers to get people into drug treatment instead of jail succeeded at first, and inspired other programs throughout New Mexico. But the original Santa Fe program now serves as a lesson in what can all but kill such a program, thanks to a leadershi...

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The Prisoner-Run Radio Station That's Reaching Men on Death Row

The Marshall Project

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At Texas’ Polunsky Unit, 106.5FM The Tank is a prison radio station run by and for the prison's incarcerated men, including nearly 200 on death row for whom the radio's shows form "a community center for men who can never leave their cells." The death-row prisoners, like many others in the prison...

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Burlington, Vt., ‘defunded' its police force. Here's what followed.

NBC News

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In Burlington, a city of progressive politics with a police department long seen as forward-looking, city leaders' decision in June 2020 to respond to social-justice protests by cutting the police force by 30% has backfired in a number of ways. By moving quickly without an analysis of optimal sta...

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Oakland's success shows how Philly-wide restorative justice could work

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Modeled on a long-running and successful program in Oakland, Philadelphia schools' Relationships First program uses restorative justice to reform school discipline. The program follows a three-step approach to changing culture. At its core, teachers and students deepen their relationships so that...

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How America Broke the Speed Limit

Slate

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Lowering speed limits and aggressive traffic enforcement by police patrols have not succeeded at erasing America's exceptionally high traffic death rate. The 1974-95 mandate for a national 55-mph limit coincided with a steep drop in highway deaths. But its repeal did not reverse the trend, with d...

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Climate resilience hubs finding a foothold on Detroit's East Side, helping residents face disasters

Model D

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In Detroit, a coalition of nonprofits and organizations are coming together to transform buildings into resilience centers. A resilience center is a hub that people can go to for help, especially in moments of a natural emergency. In Detroit, the hubs are part of a response to the effects of clim...

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They Said the Tornado Would Hit at 9:30. It Hit at 9:30.

The New York Times

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Advances in meteorological technology have helped drive down the fatality rate from tornadoes in the U.S. to a fraction of what it was a century ago. Violent tornadoes rarely evade advance detection, thanks to weather satellites, advances in radar, and a communication system to announce warnings....

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This NGO's Strategy Helps Ex-convicts Avoid Repeating Crime

Prime Progress

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In the nine years since its founding, Dream Again Prison and Youth Initiative has helped more than 2,000 incarcerated Nigerians prepare for success in work and life after they leave prison. Using mental health support, vocational training, and financial aid after graduates leave prison, the progr...

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How role-playing helps police do their job without firing their guns

The Washington Post

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Training courses based on role-playing that supplement classroom teaching have helped some police departments reduce incidents of unnecessary use of lethal force. In response to protests over police shootings, more departments are using a variety of courses that train officers to seek alternative...

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‘Something major': Wake DA partners with nonprofits to clear people's arrest warrants

The News & Observer

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The Wake County district attorney worked with criminal-justice reform groups to hold a "warrant clinic" where people could apply to void arrest warrants that could land them in jail, with all of the financial and social costs that come with that. About 45 of 160 applicants were approved in the pr...

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Co-ops Stepping In to Solve Rural Internet Inequity in Noxubee County

Mississippi Free Press

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A cooperative solution to provide broadband services to rural towns in the Golden Triangle of Mississippi is being funded by a federal program. The pandemic exacerbated the digital divide felt disproportionately by Black families struggling to access school, health, and remote work opportunities....

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