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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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After a 27-Year Sentence, This Man Is Giving Prisoners Hope and Knowledge

Global Citizen

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After receiving parole following a 27-year sentence, Lawrence Bartley started News Inside – a print publication that is distributed in jails and prisons across the United States. As part of the Marshall Project, News Inside provides incarcerated individuals with stories and information about crim...

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Cañada Cove COPEs with disaster planning

Half Moon Bay Review

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San Mateo County’s coastside residents have created their own, volunteer-based disaster response system. Considering that they make up just 5% of the county’s population, and are just as much at risk for natural disasters like wildfires, flooding, and landslides, they recognized that they had to ...

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He Spent a Decade in the System. Now He's Keeping People Out of Prison.

Global Citizen

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After years in prison, Coss Marte opened a fitness company run by and for formerly incarcerated people. The business, ConBody, was born out the passion he found for fitness while incarcerated and from the near impossibility of finding employment upon release. Beyond providing employment, Marte ha...

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How Activists Freed 95 Black Moms From Jail This Mother's Day

Global Citizen

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Across the United States, the National Bail Out collective has been paying the bail for black mothers – and caregivers – who are often left out of conversations on criminal justice. Since 2017, the black-led collaborative of organizers, lawyers, and activists have bailed out over 400 people as pa...

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#FreeBlackMamas works to bail black mothers out of jail in time for Mother's Day

NBC News

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Community organizing groups around the country have mobilized to get black mothers out of prison. The initiative #FreeBlackMamas has raised over $1 million dollars in donations since 2017 and comes as a growing response against the cash bail system. Besides bailing out black mothers, the groups s...

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Advocates strive to raise awareness about missing and murdered Indigenous women in the US and Canada

Public Radio International (PRI)

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Ensuring that cases of missing and murdered indigenous women are counted requires collecting data. In US and Canada, many cases of missing and murdered indigenous women remain ignored by law enforcement. In response, members of indigenous communities have undertaken data collection campaigns, inc...

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