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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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Inside the Ambitious Campaign to Drive Homicides in Chicago Below 400

The Trace

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In Chicago, community organizations, public officials, and private funders have come together behind a campaign called “<399” – with the goal of bringing homicides to under 400. This collaboration has taken on a comprehensive, community-centered approach that includes initiatives like community o...

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‘I'm not the only one who has a mom in jail': Camp reunites locked-up mothers with their kids

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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Wisconsin’s Camp Reunite is bringing together women experiencing incarceration with their children. The camp was hosted at Taycheedah, a correctional facility in Fond du Lac, WI, and while the kids were there had less security and more carnival games. Parental incarceration has a strong effect on...

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As Floods Keep Coming, Cities Pay Residents to Move

The New York Times

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The city of Nashville is a model for other U.S. cities focusing on how to deal with homes that are flooding more consistently than before. The National Flood Insurance Program exists to help insure homes that wouldn't be covered by private insurance; for some homeowners, the frustration of consta...

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How Sonoma's Vineyards Survived a Siege of Fire, Smoke and Ash

The New York Times

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Through collective action and informed practices, such as promoting grazing in vineyards, residents in fire-ravaged communities build a more resilient future. Across California’s wine region, locals have begun to reorient their way of life to mitigate the effects of future wildfires. The Good Fir...

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Residents turn detective to fight crime

BBC

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A U.S. company, Flock Safety, has developed a security and surveillance system that allows residents to monitor the color, model, and license plate of every car entering their neighborhood. The system uses car license plate cameras that aren’t monitored by the local police or governments, rather,...

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The schoolchildren confronting speeding motorists

BBC

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In London, a new initiative called Junior Roadwatch is engaging children as traffic safety enforcers. Around one particularly busy and dangerous section of road, drivers who are caught speeding have two options: get a ticket or be questioned by a group of school-aged children. While newly develop...

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