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How One County Became a Lab for California’s Prison Reform

The Marshall Project

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent and hit a decades-old low. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts saimed at decreasing arrest time and helping “former prisoners find jobs, housing and treatment for mental heal...

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As access to abortion gets harder in the US, women turn to an online service in the Netherlands

Public Radio International

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An online service provides medical consultations and abortion pills to women in countries where abortion is restricted or illegal. Called Women on Web, the service has expanded to the United States where abortion services are often prohibitively expensive when they are available at all.

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Why more states are giving juvenile offenders a second chance

The Christian Science Monitor

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, states are shifting their attention from incarceration to community based care a...

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Is the U.N.’s new migration compact a major breakthrough?

Washington Post

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The Global Compact for Migration, the first international agreement on migration under the United Nations, affirms the human rights of migrants and refugees and notes the benefits of migration. However, the impact of the agreement is limited because it is non-binding and weak on implementation. K...

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A New LIFE: Helping Refugees Become Food Entrepreneurs

Culinary Backstreets

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For refugees fleeing Syria, a new career path is possible: become a food entrepreneur. A program in Turkey provides Syrians and other refugee groups with basic entrepreneurial skills, as well as access to mentors and a commercial kitchen. Food can sustain jobs while also bringing people together.

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Austria’s rural programs are integrating migrants — but can the gains last?

Apolitical

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Programs in upper Austria have helped immigrants integrate into rural communities. Regional-interkulturell.kompetent (RIKK) and Heimat=Sharing engage both newcomers and locals at schools, companies, and social clubs to build intercultural communication and dispel fear and stigma.

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