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'You're not alone': New Summit court program helps parents reunite with children

Akron Beacon Journal

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Summit County's juvenile court's Multidisciplinary Team Representation assigns a parent advocate and social worker to child-custody cases to help parents win back custody of their children much more quickly than the system typically processes cases. The program has just begun in the county, helpi...

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Prisoners hope that education can erase a stigma

The Hechinger Report

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Idaho's nine prisons have more than 30 postsecondary educational programs geared to helping incarcerated people get hired in career-track, technical jobs after their release from prison. The prisons focus on jobs in demand and woo potential employers with tours of their well-equipped classrooms. ...

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Without help, Philly kids who lost family to gun violence will 'self destruct.' So this grandmother gave them a getaway trip.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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The group Moms Bonded By Grief went beyond the support-group work it has done for years for survivors of gun violence homicide victims to take 50 children and their mothers and grandmothers to a Poconos Mountains water park and resort. The long-weekend respite from Philadelphia's relentless gun v...

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These Americans Are Just Going Around in Circles. It Helps the Climate.

The New York Times

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America's capital of the traffic roundabout is Carmel, Indiana, a city of 102,000 people and 140 roundabouts. The city boasts exceptionally low rates of traffic deaths and injury crashes. Studies of roundabout use elsewhere show benefits as well in pedestrian and bicycle safety, and in cutting en...

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Prison offers little to ease domestic violence trauma. This program tries to fill the gaps

PBS NewsHour

Broadcast TV News / 5-15 Minutes

A New Way of Life gives formerly incarcerated women something that most did not get from prison: treatment for the trauma that so many incarcerated women suffered from domestic violence. As an antidote to a system geared to punishing wrongdoing without addressing its causes, New Way provides hous...

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Green Jobs Offer Ex-Offenders a Career Path after Prison

Reasons to be Cheerful

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At Florida's Everglades Correctional Institution, incarcerated men teach a course offered through a college correspondence school that can lead to certification to work as a wastewater treatment plant operator, a well-paying green-industry job in high demand. An incarcerated journalist tells the ...

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Up and Out of the Darkness

Think Global Health

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Several UK organizations sprang into action to combat COVID-19-related lockdown loneliness and isolation. The Cares Family connected tens of thousands of younger and older neighbors to spend time together, virtually now due to the pandemic, and Linking Lives also connected people through a teleph...

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Police Have a Tool to Take Guns From Potential Shooters, but Many Aren't Using It

Wall Street Journal

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Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., have added red-flag laws in recent years. Also called extreme risk protection orders, or temporary risk protection orders, the laws give police and the public a way to seek a court order to confiscate the guns of a person deemed dangerous. San Diego County us...

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When the Ice Stops Singing

Pioneers Post

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Snowchange is a co-operative formed by a network of villages across Finland. The co-op formed after fishermen found all the fish in the river dead due to pollution. They decided to take action. They began "rewilding," a process of restoring ecosystems to the point that they can take care of thems...

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Why Albuquerque's latest experiment in policing doesn't involve officers

Christian Science Monitor

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Albuquerque established a new city department, Albuquerque Community Safety, that handles some of the 200,000 calls to 911 every year for a range of low-level, non-violent problems that don't require a police response. Since its launch in August 2021, the department has fielded just two teams of ...

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On the bricks: Efforts to increase commercial affordability in Boulder and beyond take time and planning

Boulder Weekly

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A big factor in the high costs of doing business in Boulder is a tight and expensive commercial real estate market. Some of the many initiatives the city is considering are beginning to work already in Portland. There, the city's economic development agency, Prosper Portland, has acted as an inte...

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How Vermont Is Winning the COVID Vaccination War

USA Today

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A centralized communication and record keeping system, along with ensuring convenience for the largely rural population, led Vermont to the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate nationwide. The centralized system keeps track of data and provides consistent guidance. Trusted messengers, like first res...

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