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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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How Genesee County wants to change criminal justice: A New Juvenile Justice Center

Flint Beat

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A new Juvenile Justice Center that will focus on trauma-informed treatment of children rather than simply jailing them is still more than one year from completion. But, in the years leading to its opening, the county's family courts have cut in half the numbers of children held in detention by em...

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Newark cops, with reform, didn't fire a single shot in 2020

NJ Advance Media

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In 2020, six years after the Justice Department imposed a series of reforms on the Newark Police Department, Newark police officers have reduced their use of force so much that they didn't fire their guns at all in 2020, nor did the city pay any brutality-lawsuit settlements. Reforms in training,...

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Outside/In: Everybody Knows Somebody

NPR

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The story of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act starts with a young legal aide to Sen. Joe Biden who did not identify as a feminist and knew little about the issues, but whose methodical building of a coalition and a set of arguments led to the historic passage of the law in 1994. VAWA...

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In Ghana, a New App is Striving to Save Fishermen's Livelihoods

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With more than 200 communities along the Ghana coast relying on small-scale fishing, a new app called DASE seeks to hold industrial trawlers accountable for illegally fishing in their seas. The app allows people to take a picture or video of the activity and upload it to a database where it can b...

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‘Slow Streets' Disrupted City Planning. What Comes Next?

CityLab

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When city planners rushed early in the pandemic to close streets to automobile traffic in order to give residents a safe space to roam outdoors, they ended up learning lessons entirely apart from their original goals rooted in public health and traffic safety. In Durham, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and...

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How Oregon's Radical Decriminalization of Drugs Was Inspired by Portugal

Next City

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After Portugal decriminalized hard drugs in 2001 to treat drug use as a health problem and not a crime, the country expanded treatment services that produced sharp drops in drug-overdose deaths and HIV infections. Its numbers of people incarcerated on drug charges also dropped by nearly half. The...

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