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Quartz

Cassie Werber

29 September 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Cameras worn on police uniforms have been lauded as a possible solution to many of the problems facing officers in the line of duty, from violence against law enforcement to the unnecessary use of force. The US Depart...

NPR

Avery Lill

22 September 2016

Ashland, Oregon, United States

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In Ashland, Oregon, the police department has launched a program that better serves sexual assault survivors by putting them at the center. The program, called You Have Options, considers the challenges that survivors...

The Chicago Reader

Maya Dukmasova

25 August 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Police abolitionism, an idea that strikes many as fanciful and dangerous, lies at the root of many community projects in Chicago that have demonstrated on a small scale the ways that problems can be solved without pol...

Billy Penn

Cassie Owens

21 August 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, Black Guns Matter encourages Black Americans to practice the second amendment right to own a gun, while at the simultaneously discouraging altercations with the police. This group provides resources t...

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

17 August 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Alternative programming that involves "restorative justice" models - such as having youth within the criminal justice system create art as a means of self expression instead of detaining them in a prison-like facility...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 August 2016

Longview, Washington, United States

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HIghlands area in Southern Washington has been an impoverished and unsafe neighbourhood, however, circumstances have been improve as neighbours have begun to get to know eachother and form a community. HIghlands neigh...

High Country News

Leah Todd

8 August 2016

Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States

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Rather than put addicts in jail, a police station in Gloucester, Massachusetts helps get those in need into treatment centers. Now, communities all over the country, including the town of Española, New Mexico, treat a...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 August 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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With the police killings of Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, and other black lives across the country, the problem remains how to reform police departments and reduce excessive force on unarmed men and women. Procedural...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

26 July 2016

Stockton, California, United States

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The increase of violence between the police and Black communities across the country requires a reconstruction of the relationship that addresses empathy, trust, and crime reduction. The Department of Justice has deve...

The Roanoke Times

Amy Friedenberger

21 July 2016

Roanoke, Virginia, United States

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In one year, the drug overdoses in Roanoke, VA have taken 12 lives and another 76 have overdosed but survived. The police department developed a new program called the Roanoke Valley Hope Initiative, designed to prov...

The Sun

Jennifer Fetterly

29 June 2016

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States

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In Sun Prairie, policemen would frequently rotate their districts and feel that they were unable to help people who were in trouble because there was not enough time to know the residents. Now Sun Prairie has begun di...

PBS Frontline

Jelani Cobb

Anya Bourg

28 June 2016

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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The Department of Justice has ordered the Newark Police Department to make reforms to its policing practices, so that public safety will not compromise the human rights. An investigation into the NPD has shown that of...

ELLE Magazine

Anna Clark

23 June 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In the past six years, backlogs of untested rape kits have been discovered across the country. Under the leadership of county prosecutor Kym Worthy, Detroit saw the nation's most ambitious—and effective—response to it...

Chicago Reporter

Adeshina Emmanuel

22 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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ClaimStat is a New York city program that uses data to track allegations of police misconduct on a neighborhood level and shares the information with the public, helping prevent lawsuits against the city and diverting...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ashley Luthern

18 June 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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A law-enforcement strategy known as the "focused deterrence" approach involves identifying people most at risk to commit or to be victimized by crime — often the same individuals — and hosts meetings where they are of...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

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Olivera Perkins

9 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland has struggled through the years to reduce youth violence. But important lessons have been learned, here and elsewhere. City officials say they are factoring those lessons into their latest plans to reduce vi...

The Guardian

Jason Motlagh

9 June 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety uses controversial monthly cash stipends among the incentives it gives to young men it’s trying to steer away from street violence. While the program's first years ...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

8 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Should police be law enforcers or social responders? Some leaders say "guardian" duty is at least important as purely law enforcement tasks, sometimes known as "warrior" work. That idea is rooted in centuries-old prin...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

8 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Trauma training for police and community workers teaches them how to make tough situations, such as the arrest of a parent, easier on young children. Painful memories can alter perceptions of police for a lifetime.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

8 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Misinformation and misunderstanding about the law can lead youth to have accelerating confrontations with the police. Cleveland’s Patrick Henry School offers Juvenile Justice Jeopardy, a game that orients middle schoo...

Jackson Free Press

Maya Miller

8 June 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Juvenile detention usually leads to worse outcomes for youth in the future, while Juvenile Detention Alternatives allow for decreases in detention populations and the likelihood that youth will stay trapped in the sys...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

John Caniglia

6 June 2016

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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New Haven's Project Longevity has measurably reduced gang violence through an approach brings law enforcement, social service groups, and community leaders together to offer teenagers and young men incentives to stop ...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

John Caniglia

6 June 2016

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In New Haven community leaders and law enforcement joined hands to diminish gang violence. They created Project Longevity, and the research shows the program is successful. Gang shootings in the city have fallen from ...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

George Rodrigue

5 June 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland is responding to its gun violence epidemic with a combination of effective policing, social service agencies, and former offenders deployed to break cycles of violence in their communities.

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

2 June 2016

Gig Harbor, Washington, United States

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In the United States, the incarcerated feel like they have no voices and their mistakes that led them to jail go unacknowledged. A documentary film spotlights the IF Project, a writing program that encourages female i...

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