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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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Rewriting the narrative

Boulder Weekly

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At the Motus Theater, formerly incarcerated individuals participate in JustUs – a performative program that gives them the space to share their stories. The Boulder-based program aims to complicate the narrative of those that commit crimes, surfacing the systemic, punitive nature of criminal just...

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Important lessons for Philadelphia from Chicago's three-year decline in gun violence

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Since 2016, Chicago has seen a 37% decrease in homicides with a comprehensive, targeted approach toward violence. The city developed a multi-pronged approach, including a collaboration between foundations and funders, a partnership that analyzed police decision-making, resource allocation toward ...

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How Educators Are Rethinking The Way They Teach Immigration History

Yes! Magazine

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At one Boston public school, teachers are updating curricula to provide students with history lessons that contextualize current national debates about immigration policy.

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Minneapolis Activists Ask Local Leaders to Invest in Communities, Not Cops

Yes! Magazine

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In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a coalition of organizers and community members called Reclaim the Block advocates for divestment from the city's police force and into more community-based initiatives and services. Advocates for the group argue that rather than solving issues like homelessness, opioid...

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In Reversal, Counties and States Help Inmates Keep Medicaid

Stateline

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If incarcerated, low-income individuals that are reliant on Medicaid typically lose access to their benefits which accelerates the difficulty of reentry. To help close the gap, the National Association of Counties and the National Sheriffs’ Association have joined together to implement stopgap me...

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How Philadelphia Flipped: Second Chances for Youth

YR Media

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Philadelphia has made a concerted effort toward reducing the number of youth being arrested in schools. Leadership, including the school police commissioner and district attorney, changed procedures so that youth, instead of getting arrested, are enrolled in diversion programs instead. While ther...

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