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Philadelphia is fighting street violence through hospital and doctor visits

WURD

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Healing Hurt People helps the survivors of gun violence and other assaults starting bedside in hospitals and continuing during a patient's recovery. The group, partnering with other services providers, treats mental trauma with cognitive therapies led by peer counselors – people with the street c...

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A ‘shoot to incapacitate' policy puts Georgia police chief and town in the spotlight

The Washington Post

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The police chief in majority-Black LaGrange, Georgia, thinks the standard shoot-to-kill training police receive is unnecessarily lethal and lies at the heart of the breach in police-community trust. So he has trained his department's officers with a Shoot to Incapacitate strategy to give them an ...

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The Bronx tries new way to cure violence as US shootings surge

Financial Times

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Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence is a city-funded crew of "violence interrupters," former gang members or the formerly incarcerated who have enough street credibility to de-escalate disputes in ways the police often cannot. Founded in 2014, BRAG works in three "hot" zones, two of which have gone ...

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Police Say Jiu-jitsu Can Make Them Less Violent During Arrests

The Marshall Project

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Police recruits in Marietta since 2019 have been required to be trained in the martial art of jiu-jitsu before they can go on patrol. Many officers stick with the training, and many other police departments are copying Marietta's policies. Supporters argue that jiu-jitsu, which involves no kickin...

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Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Associated Press

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A growing number of prosecutors compile lists of police officers deemed untrustworthy witnesses, information they disclose to defense lawyers to prevent unjust criminal convictions. Called "Brady lists" or "do not call" lists, the practice is arguably a constitutional requirement for a fair trial...

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‘I understand your concern': Sedgwick County's COVID Ambassador program beats back vaccine hesitancy

The Wichita Beacon

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The COVID Ambassador program trains people to listen, be empathetic, and acknowledge people’s COVID-19 vaccine concerns. Ambassadors’ training includes substantial practice talking to people who are resistant to getting vaccinated and they receive ongoing support at bi-monthly meetings, which has...

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Plagued by fighting and other disturbances, RCSD reconsiders police presence

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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During the 2020 social justice protests, Rochester city school leaders quickly acted to remove police officers from the schools. A long-time goal of school-discipline reformers, ending the use of school resource officers was meant to create openings for responses to student violence other than ar...

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Rural Health Mission Nigeria: Providing Lifesaving Care to Mothers and Babies in Plateau State

Nigeria Health Watch

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The Lifesaving Intervention Project offers postnatal services to mothers and newborns via community health workers who are trained in maternal and child health. After giving birth, the women receive follow-up care over the phone and through home visits and are referred to health facilities when a...

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Hello? This Is Colombia's Antimachismo Hotline.

The New York Times

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Bogotá’s city government started the Calm Line to give men a way to connect by telephone with psychologists trained in therapeutic responses to the machismo that leads to gender-based violence. Despite doubts that Colombian men would use the service, the line fields about a dozen calls a day. "Fe...

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Despite a Punishing Drought, San Diego Has Water. It Wasn't Easy.

The New York Times

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While much of the state is still facing a severe drought, San Diego has access to plenty of water. Restrictions - like not allowing restaurants to serve water unless it’s asked for and barring residents from watering their yards during the day – have helped. Diversifying where the city gets their...

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In Venezuela, a Rum Maker Offers Gangsters a Life Outside of Crime

The New York Times

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Rather than fleeing or fighting the twin threats to its business from criminal gangs and an aggressively anti-business government, the managers of Venezuelan rum-maker Ron Santa Teresa chose to make peace with both through social programs that have calmed what once was one of the violent country'...

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The Radical Shift in Drug Treatment Happening Inside California Prisons

Next City

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To combat opioid overdose deaths among incarcerated people, the California prison system in January 2020 launched a treatment program that combines medication-assisted treatment with professional and peer counseling. The program uses the three most effective medications to reduce opioid dependenc...

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