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The Washington Post

Peter Holley

3 June 2019

Chesapeake, Virginia, United States

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As former inmates face the immense challenge of finding employment post-incarceration, some have turned to YouTube as a way of turning their stories into financial security. With just a handful of prison channels garn...

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Jake Bullinger

22 May 2019

Olympia, Washington, United States

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The Sustainability in Prisons Project has brought environmental lectures, work, and support to thousands of inmates since 2003. It offers a unique type of prison work - wildlife preservation, such as taking care of en...

U.S. News & World Report

Casey Leins

3 May 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The state of Mississippi has taken drastic steps in reforming their criminal justice system, pointing to a nationwide cultural shift as a driving force. State legislation, such as expanding parole eligibility, elimina...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

30 April 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In 2018, San Francisco county forgave $32 million worth of criminal justice administrative fees. These fees are issued to formerly incarcerated individuals upon release from prison, most of which are not employed and ...

Montana Public Radio

Edward O'Brien

15 April 2019

Missoula, Montana, United States

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The state of Montana helps former prison inmates find and pay for stable housing and to improve their job-hunting skills after their release. The pilot program is praised both by former inmates, for the support they r...

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Anna-Catherine Brigida

30 March 2019

San Salvador, El Salvador

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Preventing sexual violence against women begins with men. In a country faced with a high incidence of gender-based violence, Masculinities for Peace, a non-governmental organization, is working to change the norms of ...

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Emily Nonko

28 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Formerly incarcerated individuals, community leaders, and members of San Francisco’s District Attorney’s office, have joined forces to create a collaborative advisory board. The board meets to share re-entry challenge...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

1 March 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In Wisconsin, the Alma Brothers Smart Reentry program works to reduce the rate of recidivism by building relationships with those being released from prison and reentering society. By providing each man in the program...

NBC News

David Hall

11 January 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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When people are released from prison, they often have a hard time finding work due to time lapsed and prison records. RecoveryPark Farms in Detroit, Michigan aims to change this by providing job training in urban far...

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Alexandra Travis

1 January 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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After teaching an Inside Out class with half college students and half incarcerated students, an assistant professor from the University of Georgia addressed a gap in services to help incarcerated folks reenter into t...

San Francisco Chronicle

Dominic Fracassa

30 December 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Reformed prisoners are finding a way to contribute their skills to society by monitoring public restrooms in high-risk areas throughout San Francisco. Thanks to a partnership between Public Works Department and Hunter...

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Megan Kamerick

27 December 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Crossroads for Women, a New Mexico nonprofit, is helping formerly incarcerated women find community, support, and recovery. Using trauma-informed care practices, the program offers a comprehensive list of services lik...

KSHB-TV

Kevin Holmes

27 December 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City Municipal Court deals with over 40,000 cases of domestic violence per year, but the implementation of a compliance docket aims to reduce how many of those offenders come back to court. By forming a relatio...

NPR

Cheryl Corley

25 December 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A women's prison in Washington has found success in a pilot program that trains inmates for nontraditional jobs, giving them the skills necessary to be a competitive applicant in fields such as welding. While this pro...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

Manuel Villa

21 December 2018

California, United States

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent, the lowest number in a decade. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts aimed at decreasing arrest...

Christian Science Monitor

John Colin Marston

10 December 2018

United States

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, ...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

6 December 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Most prisoners don’t have access to computer, in order to bridge the digital divide the Prisoner Reentry Institute is offering a free course called Tech 101 to former prisoners who served long sentences. People are ta...

Politico

Max Blau

6 December 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An entrepreneur and activist in Atlanta, GA runs an urban farm and employs former prisoners in an attempt to tackle Georgia's incarceration and recidivism problems. The program, called Gangstas to Growers, employs fol...

The Guardian

Sandra Johansson

6 December 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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An initiative that aims to keep troubled former criminals from continuing down the same path is technically called group violence intervention, but most know it as the Boston miracle. Piloted in the 90s, this style of...

The Huffington Post

Jordan Heller

27 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Evergreen Cooperative in Cleveland is on a path to make wealth and business ownership more accessible. They operate several cooperative businesses: a laundry and a solar panel firm among them, all of which choose to w...

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Maroosha Muzaffar

20 November 2018

India

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Beena Chintalapuri, a cognitive psychologist, trains inmates in elements of cognitive behavioral psychology in order to bring about change. An estimated 3,000 inmates have been taught through The Unnati program acro...

The Nation

Katie Rose Quandt

16 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Once deemed youthful “superpredators” condemned to spend their entire adult lives in prison, the peer counselors in Philadelphia’s Life After Life support group help other formerly incarcerated people transition back ...

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Andrew Graham

15 November 2018

Devils Lake, North Dakota, United States

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In rural North Dakota where clinical treatment centers are hard to find, a program called Free Through Recovery "seeks to drive down North Dakota’s prison rates by creating networks of sobriety and support around peop...

Next City

Sandra Larson

2 November 2018

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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When Juan Reid had a hard time finding a job after his release from prison, he finally founded a worker cooperative called Tightshift Laboring Cooperative. He wanted to create sustainable employment opportunities for ...

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Emily Nonko

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A collaboration between artists, lawyers, and community members has resulted in expungement clinics that clean or clear criminal records in a manner that is legally binding and emotionally therapeutic. Clinic attendee...

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