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Austin youth re-entry program has 15% recidivism rate, compared to 75% nationwide

KXAN-TV

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

Jail to Jobs pays youth while they get trained for jobs in construction, manufacturing, landscaping, and cooking. The youth come from youth detention, the streets, probation, and foster care and their trainers are formerly incarcerated. Jail to Jobs, with four locations in Austin, has helped more...

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NYC is sending social workers instead of police to some 911 calls. Here's how it's going.

USA Today

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A pilot project in three New York Police Department precincts of Harlem showed in its first month that it can divert some mental-health crises away from hospitalization and toward other forms of help. Teams of medics and social workers took about one-quarter of such calls, sometimes at NYPD invit...

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NYC's Non-Police Mental Health Pilot Increasing Rate of Those Getting Aid, Data Show

WNBC-TV

Broadcast TV News / Under 3 Minutes

In its first month as a pilot project in a part of Harlem, New York's Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division (B-HEARD) handled one-quarter of 911 calls for mental health crises. Despite fears of danger to the teams of social workers and paramedics, police backup was needed only ...

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Eugene, Oregon, Police Chief: Sending Unarmed Crisis Specialists On Mental Health Calls Saves Lives

WBUR

Radio Talk Show / 5-15 Minutes

The police chief in Eugene, Ore., home of the CAHOOTS program, which other communities see as the model for finding alternatives to policing, supports the program because it saves lives and saves the city money. Sending unarmed medics and social workers on calls involving behavioral health proble...

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For girls with mothers in prison, a summer camp offers much-needed support

PBS NewsHour

Broadcast TV News / 5-15 Minutes

For three days each summer, the Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) camp near Dallas gives girls an escape from their daily reality of being denied a normal relationship with their incarcerated mothers. Founded by a lawyer whose own mother was incarcerated, GEM combines typical summer-camp fun with tru...

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Can ‘Bad Men' Ever Change?

The Cut

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Among the many restorative justice programs in the U.S., the Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue program was one of the few to arrange face-to-face dialogue between survivors and men who had violently abused women. This form of surrogate dialogue – the pairings are between strangers – helps two peopl...

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Outgunned: Why California's groundbreaking firearms law is failing

CalMatters

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Two decades ago, California became the first state to create a system to track and seize guns from people no longer legally permitted to possess a gun. Thousands of guns have been seized. But the database of gun owners now barred from gun possession because of a violent offense, a serious mental ...

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A 'Zoom boom' boosted civic engagement across Kansas. But will it continue?

KLC Journal

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When courthouses and in-person government meetings shut down because of COVID-19, officials satisfied Kansas’ open meeting mandate by using pandemic relief aid to equip buildings with the technology needed to live stream proceedings and allow constituents to comment remotely. Crowds watching on p...

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Tourism in time of pandemic. How the Safar Project opened minds and borders

News48

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An Italian travel writer and a publishing house partnered to recreate the experience of travel to new places, providing tourists with a virtual experience and tour guides with a source of income to replace their lost businesses when the pandemic shut down actual travel. Called the Sarar project (...

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Temperature check: On the frontlines of the fight to save affordable housing from climate change

Gambit

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Home by Hand is a nonprofit that’s working to mitigate the effects of climate change on home ownership. Storm damage, high utility bills due to extreme weather, and the loss of housing stock due to Hurricane Katrina have all added to climate-change related “cost burdens” that keep economically di...

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What Do Police Know About Teenagers? Not Enough.

The New York Times

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"Policing the teen brain" is a training regimen devised by Strategies for Youth that teaches police officers to de-escalate conflicts with adolescents to avoid unnecessary incarceration. Youth detention has dropped significantly since Tippecanoe County put most of its officers through the trainin...

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What can East Lansing expect from its police oversight commission?

WSYM-TV

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

When Ann Arbor created a citizen panel overseeing its police department, it chose the approach that research shows is the one best suited to having real authority, and thus the most likely to reduce racial disparities in arrests and police shootings. It's too soon to know if the agency's investig...

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