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People leaving prison in Michigan still face hurdles to getting an ID

Detroit Free Press

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Michigan prisons and the state's secretary of state teamed up to provide people leaving prison on parole with the one thing they often lack: valid personal identification papers. Without a Social Security card or state ID, people struggle to get hired, rent housing, or open a bank account. In the...

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As Formerly Incarcerated People Return to Their Communities in W.Va., This Network of 'Resource Brokers' Is There to Guide Them

100 Days in Appalachia

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The West Virginia Council of Churches formed a network of community reentry councils to help people leaving prison line up basic necessities, from housing to employment. The councils use their members' community connections as a bridge between prison officials, who won't release people if they la...

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How Australia kept COVID in check, and what lessons the world can take from it

PBS NewsHour

Broadcast TV Programs / 5-15 Minutes

Strict and early knockdowns and consistent public health messaging have helped Australia effectively eliminate Covid-19. Now, the country and its residents have largely returned to business as usual, despite many citizens still waiting to receive the Covid vaccine.

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Is new California police deadly force law making a difference?

CalMatters

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More than a year after taking effect, California's law restricting when police can use deadly force has had some effects on police accountability and training, but a number of flaws illustrate how long and difficult the process of change will be. The Act to Save Lives, which limits the use of dea...

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Would better policing reduce gun violence in Philly like it has in Camden?

The Philadelphia Citizen

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For a city like Philadelphia, with rising violence and a lack of community trust in the police, Camden and Newark serve as examples of the positive changes that come about when outside forces impose the kinds of changes that the community seeks. After significant makeovers, both cities' police de...

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Program in Oregon provides blueprint for San Diego mental health services

KGTV-TV

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

As San Diego County ramps up its CAHOOTS copycat – a mental health crisis response that sends specialists other than police to non-violent calls, similar to the long-running exemplar in Eugene, Oregon – it's beginning to see positive results: 34 calls since January, with only one needing police. ...

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Failure to Thrive: NYC's $100 Million ‘Diversion Centers' for Mentally Ill Sit Empty or Barely Used

The City

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Despite committing hundreds of millions of dollars to programs that make New York City's emergency response to mental health crises less punitive, a pattern of over-promising and under-delivering, plus pandemic snarls, kept the programs from getting off to an effective start. Two "diversion cente...

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Free beer offer results in more vaccinations than all Erie County first-dose clinics last week

The Buffalo News

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In Erie County, New York, residents are receiving a free drink along with their Covid vaccine as part of a program that aims to incentive those who have been on the fence about getting vaccinated. Although it is not believed that the incentive will attract enough people for the community to reach...

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Dental And Medical Outreach Clinic Sees High Demand In Yerington

KUNR

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

A pop-up mobile clinic in Nevada's Lyon County is providing free dental care to underserved communities as a way to address the lack of practicing dental providers in the region. The response thus far has been overwhelming, but the medical students who work out of the clinic are still planning to...

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Huge success for Mother's Day bailout, as annual Philly effort blows past fundraising goal

Billy Penn

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The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund freed more than 400 people from jail in 2020, thanks to $3 million donated amid the COVID-19 crisis and racial justice protests. The Black Mama's Day Bailout, an annual targeted campaign that gave rise to the community bail fund five years ago, expected donor ...

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The Ferguson movement is on the cusp of revolutionizing political power in St. Louis

Missouri Independent

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Frustrated at the slow pace of criminal justice reform after the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, the grassroots group Action St. Louis formed to seize political power and make change happen from the inside of the system rather than pressuring for change from the outside. After years of organizing...

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Can police be taught to stop their own violence?

The Boston Globe

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When Minneapolis police officers were videotaped standing by or trying ineffectively to intervene in George Floyd's murder by a fellow officer, horrified police departments nationwide rushed to embrace a peer intervention program called ABLE (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement). ABLE is bas...

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