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Protection and promotion of basic human rights and civil liberties. These stories revolve around advocating for and protecting human rights, ranging from questions of discrimination to the expansion of voting rights.

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Digging Our Way Out of the Hole: The Safe Alternative to Solitary

The Crime Report

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Washington's prison system cut by half the number of people held in solitary confinement by reducing its security system's reliance on the method and helping former solitary detainees transition back to the general population in a healthier way. But a formerly incarcerated journalist who spent mo...

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Unreasonable suspicion: When residents call police, who pays the price when bias shapes their concerns?

The Cap Times

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When the police got called to check on a "suspicious" Black man at the door of a house in a mostly white suburb of Madison, they held him at gun point until he convinced them he was there with the owner's permission. The resulting public outrage has turned into a search for solutions. While the c...

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Policing the Police 2020

PBS Frontline

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Revisiting Newark police reform six years after an earlier documentary, and after federal intervention, signs of progress provide hope in a year of unrest over police misconduct nationwide. Policies and training were overhauled, civilian oversight was imposed, albeit with limitations. Public trus...

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Will the Special Investigative Unit decrease gun violence in Flint?

Flint Beat

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In the first full month since it was created to take illegal guns off the street, Flint's Special Investigative Unit seized 64 firearms and made dozens of arrests. The unit's predictive policing approach relies on data that tell the police where gun crimes are concentrated. Critics contend that f...

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The Mississippi Program That's Showing How Effective Direct Cash Transfers Can Be

The Appeal

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Low-income families, which are disproportionately black, have been given $1,000 each month in an effort to address the racial wealth gap through the Magnolia Mother's Trust program. The cash payments yield an increase of recipients who were able to earn their GEDs, cook fresh meals for their fami...

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Feminists Paper Paris With Stark Posters Decrying Domestic Abuse

The New York Times

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The feminist group Les Colleuses (The Gluers) has attracted about 1,500 activists and spread from Paris to other French cities, plus Belgium and Italy, with a message of empowerment that counters weak government responses to domestic violence and femicide with posters in public places decrying th...

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