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Protecting the public against crime, abuse, and disaster. These stories address questions not only of disaster and fire preparedness, prevention, and relief, but also of crime, penology, and legal services. From food safety and traffic control to prison alternatives and abuse prevention, these stories present different aspects of public safety.

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Baltimore Hits Pause on Gun Violence Command Centers

The Trace

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A strategy to improve the intelligence that steers policing and violence-intervention efforts has worked in Chicago and shown promising early signs in Baltimore. But plans to expand Strategic Decision Support Centers in Baltimore ran into political opposition, based on sentiment in favor of diver...

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Vietnam has 0 coronavirus deaths. Here's why.

CNBC

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Vietnam reacted swiftly to the approaching pandemic, screening travelers from Wuhan, then banning all visitors from China, mandating masks, producing a catchy hand-washing video, and conducting extensive testing, with mandatory quarantines of infected people. The country of 97 million had just a ...

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This town of 170,000 replaced some cops with medics and mental health workers. It's worked for over 30 years

CNN

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The CAHOOTS crisis-response program saves its city money and its people living on the streets a great deal of unwanted police contact – contact that in other places is a common cause of excessive force and arrests that solve nothing. And, while less than 1% of its calls require police backup, the...

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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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As Domestic Abuse Rises, U.K. Failings Leave Victims in Peril

The New York Times

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Ignoring the pleas of victim-aid groups and the examples set by other countries, the British government and courts failed to protect domestic violence victims during the pandemic. Italy, Spain, Germany, and New Zealand provided for emergency shelter for victims trapped at home with their abusers ...

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The housing policy that's turning back gentrification

High Country News

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) is a Bay Area nonprofit leading the cause to counter gentr...

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