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Police de-escalation training gaining renewed clout as law enforcement seeks to reduce killings

The Washington Post

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A de-escalation training program from the Police Executive Research Forum, used by 85 police agencies already, was shown in Louisville to reduce police officers' use of force by 28%. The training resulted in 26% fewer injuries to residents, and an even larger drop in injured officers. The trainin...

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Calling home: Sheltering in hotels to escape coronavirus, Acadiana's homeless got back on their feet

The Current

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In southwestern Louisiana, the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing wrangled 19 hotels into a makeshift network during the pandemic to house people experiencing homelessness. With help from Beacon Community Connections' counselors, the 456 people who entered the program found t...

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Booking homeless Portlanders into jail is endless, expensive cycle that arrests don't curb, but housing does

The Oregonian

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Temporary housing providing drug treatment and other services to people experiencing homelessness appears to cut the chances that people arrested in Portland on minor charges will cycle repeatedly through the criminal justice system. In 2019, 250 people living in transitional housing were booked ...

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Racial disparities in LAPD stops fueled by failed crime-fighting strategy, audit finds

Los Angeles Times

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When the Los Angeles tried to prevent violence and other serious crimes by using minor vehicle and traffic violations as excuses to stop vehicles and search drivers, they failed at their intended goal and showed a strong bias against Black and Latino residents. The findings by the LAPD's own insp...

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Two years in, Maryland leads most other states in use of ‘red flag' gun law

The Baltimore Sun

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Police and the public have invoked Maryland's law allowing for court orders denying gun access to people at high risk of harming themselves or others far more often than in most states with such laws. Though it is difficult to prove that domestic-violence assaults or suicides have been prevented,...

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They lost their brothers to addiction. Now they're tackling deadly stigmas head on, with humor

Los Angeles Times

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Two women who lost their brothers to heroin overdoses launched the podcast "Last Day" to address death – by drugs and, in season two, by suicide – with a mix of humor, unsettling candor, and conventional-wisdom-busting storytelling. At first a modest startup, their production company now employs ...

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Contact tracing apps: Worth the hype?

BBC

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Contact tracing apps have received a lot of attention since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, but researchers caution they should be used in conjunction with other tactics and not be relied on to help on their own. However, an early study has indicated that even when only fifteen percent of ...

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Midwestern Youth of Color Are Using Art and Culture to Build Their Political Power

Next City

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The Midwest Culture Lab consists of three organizations working to increase voter turnout among young people, especially young people of color. The partners work with artists, musicians, and other creative people to create messaging and campaigns that are culturally relevant and engage young peop...

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Washington state's not new to voting by mail. Here's how we work to keep it safe

The Bellingham Herald

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Since Washington made voting by mail mandatory in 2011, nonpartisan election officials have refined ballot-security procedures to achieve a smoothly run system in which suspected cheating or interference represents a tiny fraction of the millions of votes cast in each election. Those procedures i...

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After serving prison time, these students excel in Fresno State program. How it works

The Fresno Bee

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Project Rebound is a program aimed to help formerly incarcerated students navigate and succeed in pursuing their higher education goals. The program works by working with potential candidates, whether they are incarcerated or have completed their sentences, and provides aid in meeting basic needs...

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Broods in the woods

Montana Free Press

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Nature-based preschools are gaining traction in Montana and are increasing in demand due to the pandemic. Fledglings, in Billings, and Foxtail Förskola, in Whitefish, are two preschools offering kids the opportunity to learn and play in an environment meant to foster "risky play," which means let...

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Vote by mail has increased minority participation in Washington but other hurdles remain

The Bellingham Herald

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Most Washington counties adopted a universal vote by mail system between the 2004 and 2006 federal elections, which led to increased voter turnout. Statewide turnout increased by over six percentage points for subsequent elections and culturally relevant voter registration initiatives increased t...

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