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Baltimore Hits Pause on Gun Violence Command Centers

The Trace

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A strategy to improve the intelligence that steers policing and violence-intervention efforts has worked in Chicago and shown promising early signs in Baltimore. But plans to expand Strategic Decision Support Centers in Baltimore ran into political opposition, based on sentiment in favor of diver...

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Paradise Lockdown: How Thailand's Phuket Island flattened its coronavirus curve

Asia Sentinel

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Despite devastating economic consequences, Thailand’s quick and hardline response to early signs of COVID-19 spread contained the virus and within weeks limited the country’s infections to just over 3,000 as of July 1, a far better record than nearby countries. Tourism-dependent Phuket Island was...

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This town of 170,000 replaced some cops with medics and mental health workers. It's worked for over 30 years

CNN

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The CAHOOTS crisis-response program saves its city money and its people living on the streets a great deal of unwanted police contact – contact that in other places is a common cause of excessive force and arrests that solve nothing. And, while less than 1% of its calls require police backup, the...

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The problem with Facebook's plan to sign up 4 million voters

FastCompany

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In the past decade, Facebook's US voter engagement campaigns included registration and election-day reminders for its 61 million 18+ users and sharing friends’ voting behavior. One study attributes hundreds of thousands of more votes to these election campaigns, with friends’ voting behavior the ...

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Police reformers push for de-escalation training, but the jury is out on its effectiveness

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

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Teaching police de-escalation tactics to avoid the use of force in a crisis is a popular suggestion in the police-reform debate, but a number of structural deficits make success a great unknown. Before police departments embrace the concept, they must first realize there has been no rigorous test...

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As Domestic Abuse Rises, U.K. Failings Leave Victims in Peril

The New York Times

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Ignoring the pleas of victim-aid groups and the examples set by other countries, the British government and courts failed to protect domestic violence victims during the pandemic. Italy, Spain, Germany, and New Zealand provided for emergency shelter for victims trapped at home with their abusers ...

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Voting justice group Common Power turns to tech in time of COVID to reimagine outreach

Geekwire

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Common Power is a voting justice organization where volunteers conduct outreach to voters and lobby elected officials for things like widespread mail-in voting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group has prioritized creating a diverse workplace and offers year-round jobs to attract diverse candid...

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The housing policy that's turning back gentrification

High Country News

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a Bay Area nonprofit leading the cause to counter gentr...

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Some Swedish care homes have had no cases of Covid-19 – what did they do right?

The Local Sweden

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The handful of Swedish elderly care homes that protected residents from COVID-19 infection shared some common traits: they improved hygiene practices, isolated possibly infectious staff, stocked up on protective equipment, and limiting outsiders’ access to the homes. Although luck may have played...

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Minnesota Food Shelves Go Mobile To Fight Hunger

U.S. News & World Report

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Food banks and relief groups in Minnesota are delivering food to rural and suburban communities as food insecurity rises across the state. Suburban poverty presents unique challenges because communities are spread out and lack public transportation as well as social services, underscoring the imp...

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How countries without governments are relying on WhatsApp to tackle COVID-19

Apolitical

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Digital platforms allow Syrian doctors living abroad to assist over-burdened local doctors deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Conflict has severely limited Syria's health services, so NGOs use online platforms like Zoom and WhatsApp to allow Syrian doctors abroad to provide consultations, deliver t...

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COVID-19 Quarantine Facility Links Homeless To Range Of Services

Honolulu Civil Beat

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When Covid-19 began spreading throughout the United States, officials in Hawaii set up a quarantine facility for those experiencing homelessness that helped connect residents with other services to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. While it's too early to know if this could be a viable ...

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