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Millions of People With Felonies Can Now Vote. Most Don't Know It.

The Marshall Project

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Thirteen states restored the right to vote to millions of formerly incarcerated people in the years leading up to the 2020 elections. An analysis of four of them – Nevada, Kentucky, Iowa, and New Jersey – shows the new rights were rarely exercised, ranging from 4% to 23% of newly eligible voters ...

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‘It liberated me': The fight for Calgary's supervised drug-use site

The Sprawl

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In less than three and a half years, Safeworks, the only supervised drug-use site in Calgary, saved thousands of people from opioid-overdose deaths and helped users for whom abstinence-based treatment didn't work. The government of Alberta deemed the site a scene of "chaos" and ordered it closed ...

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The Everglades Experiment: Florida's First 'Incentivized' Prison Redefines Punishment

The Crime Report

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Two years into an experiment in "incentivized prison" management, Florida's Everglades Correctional Institution is considered the state's safest prison. An incarcerated journalist reporting from inside writes that by rewarding good behavior instead of only punishing bad behavior, the prison has e...

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Clearing a Path from Prison to the Bar Exam

Reasons to be Cheerful

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The Formerly Incarcerated Law Students Advocacy Association at City University of New York's law school mentors people whose criminal records serve as a barrier to pursuing a law career. FILSAA is part of a movement to nurture law-practice dreams and make them a reality by knocking down those bar...

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How Does Treating Gun Violence As A Public Health Crisis Work? One Bronx Program Offers A Potential Flagship Model

Gothamist

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Stand Up to Violence is the only street-outreach gun-violence-prevention program in New York that centers its work in hospitals. Street outreach is a policing alternative that uses former gang members and formerly incarcerated people to intervene before arguments turn deadly. Hospital-based inter...

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College-in-prison programs have many benefits, but barriers to access abound

Prism

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College-in-prison programs like Wesleyan University's Center for Prison Education have a track record for improving incarcerated students' lives, lowering crime, and making prisons safer. But a number of factors compromise the number and effectiveness of such programs. Many fewer programs exist s...

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In Egypt, online group Qawem saving hundreds of women from sextortion

Deutsche Welle (DW)

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The Egyptian Facebook group Qawem (Arabic for resist) helps victims of sextortion by turning threats around to target the attacker. Sextortion, in which threatened disclosure of a person's nude or other embarrassing photos are used as a tool of extortion, is illegal in Egypt. But women – the typi...

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When the Local Paper Shrank, These Journalists Started an Alternative

The New York Times

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As traditional local media outlets shrink or disappear, non-profit digital news outlets are popping up to fill the void. The New Bedford Light is one example, formed by journalism veterans and following the playbook of the Institute for Nonprofit News, the outlet provides in-depth investigative j...

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‘Safety First' Drug Education Program Acknowledges the Failings of ‘Just Say No'

Next City

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Studies show that abstinence-based prevention drug programs like D.A.R.E don't work. To provide another option, the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit, developed their own curriculum called “Safety First.” The fifteen-lesson curriculum was piloted in five schools under the San Francisco Unified S...

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Barred From Her Own Home: How a Tool for Fighting Domestic Abuse Fails

The New York Times

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Stay-away orders are a tool New York judges can use to protect victims from their abusers even before accusations get scrutinized in court. They grew out of a reform movement that urged police and prosecutors to take domestic violence more seriously. But they have become a form of summary justice...

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How teens are using online platforms to call out racism in high school | Prism

Prism

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All over the country, students are using the internet to call out racism. Young people are publishing open letters, creating Change.org petitions and Google Docs “with lists of racist people in their classes, and using online platforms to organize protests.” In Boston, teens from the Boston China...

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Crisis counselors are being hailed as police alternatives. It's too heavy a burden, some say.

The Washington Post

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Montgomery County's longtime crisis response center illustrates the pitfalls of embracing a policing alternative without proper resources or thinking through the implications. The racial-justice protests of 2020 inspired many more cities and counties to explore mobile crisis response teams instea...

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