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Police reformers push for de-escalation training, but the jury is out on its effectiveness

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

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Teaching police de-escalation tactics to avoid the use of force in a crisis is a popular suggestion in the police-reform debate, but a number of structural deficits make success a great unknown. Before police departments embrace the concept, they must first realize there has been no rigorous test...

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Voting justice group Common Power turns to tech in time of COVID to reimagine outreach

Geekwire

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Common Power is a voting justice organization where volunteers conduct outreach to voters and lobby elected officials for things like widespread mail-in voting due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The group has prioritized creating a diverse workplace and offers year-round jobs to attract diverse candid...

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COVID-19 Quarantine Facility Links Homeless To Range Of Services

Honolulu Civil Beat

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When Covid-19 began spreading throughout the United States, officials in Hawaii set up a quarantine facility for those experiencing homelessness that helped connect residents with other services to reduce their risk of contracting the virus. While it's too early to know if this could be a viable ...

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Northern Ireland's police transformation may hold lessons for the US

The Conversation

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With lessons for American police-reform advocates, the transformation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary – a militarized enforcer of inequality hated by the people of Northern Ireland – into an entirely new organization was founded on the necessity of community support. Neither easy nor simple, thi...

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To reach vulnerable populations, Berkeley goes on the road to offer COVID-19 testing

Berkeleyside

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City officials in Berkeley have recently implemented a mobile testing site for Covid-19 to better reach vulnerable populations throughout the region. Although the physical testing site will remain as the central point for testing, the mobile option has helped test those in senior homes and nursin...

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Mexico City Tames Covid-19 in One of World's Largest Food Markets

Wall Street Journal

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In New Mexico, the world’s largest wholesale food market managed to contain the spread of Covid-19 by taking an aggressive, early intervention course of action that included widespread testing, contact tracing and isolation protocols. Although the rest of the country has yet to implement such mea...

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When it comes to police oversight, many watchdogs lack teeth

CNN

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The most effective civilian oversight agencies that act as watchdogs over police discipline are empowered to conduct independent investigations, impose discipline on individual officers, and influence disciplinary policy. One of the strongest, in Oakland, forced the police chief out of office ove...

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San Quentin's Breakthrough Prison Newsroom

Politico

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San Quentin Prison's media created by the men incarcerated there have gone beyond rehabilitation of individuals to a broader mission of promoting criminal justice policy reform by reframing the narrative about those who have committed crimes and the system's inequities. Through San Quentin News, ...

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Mississippi: Local Groups offer financial aid to black businesses shunned by federal stimulus

Black Star News

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Black businesses in Mississippi are receiving a financial boost from a nonprofit that seeks to level the playing field for rural African-Americans in the state who have historically been overlooked when it comes to federal aid. Higher Purpose Co is a black-led economic justice nonprofit that has ...

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9 Departments and Multiple Infractions for One New Jersey Police Officer

The New York Times

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New Jersey’s responses to police misconduct offer stark lessons in how certain failures can allow troubled officers to hop from job to job undetected. The state lacks a central database of police misconduct and remains one of only five states that cannot revoke an officer’s credentials because of...

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What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns

NPR

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When schools and daycares closed at the onset of the pandemic, YMCA centers around the country remained open to provide care for the children of essential workers. In Phoenix, YMCA staff worked to screen children for symptoms, and made social distancing fun by having them use 'airplane arms,' as ...

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At COVID-19 tenting sites, residents find peace

The Discourse

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A coalition of local groups in the Cowichan region focused on the welfare of vulnerable populations during COVID-19 opened five tenting sites that have provided people experiencing homelessness with safety, meals, and access to service. The temporary solution, pending the opening of 100 units of ...

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