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The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 March 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A remarkable nonprofit in Baltimore sends teams of volunteers to give overwhelmed youths unconditional help and guidance that cannot be withdrawn.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Rachel Dissell

7 March 2016

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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This article sets up an upcoming series of articles that will explore how other communities have tried to address youth violence and how well those programs are doing. It offers short snapshots or previews of the prog...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Matthew S. Schwartz

25 February 2016

Fort Meade, Maryland, United States

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Paying at-risk people to stay out of trouble is the most controversial part of a new D.C. crime bill that also proposes counseling and other services to prevent repeat offenses. But a similar program is already in use...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Armando Trull

24 February 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When lawmakers try to tackle gun violence, they often turn to measures like adding police officers or cracking down on illegal guns. But what happens when they treat violent crime as a public-health problem? Counselor...

PBS Frontline

Priyanka Boghani

23 February 2016

Staten Island, New York, United States

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The heroin and opioid epidemic in America has raised questions about how to effectively treat addiction. Many now say medication should be offered alongside counseling.

PBS Frontline

Marcela Gaviria

23 February 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A two-hour investigation places America’s heroin crisis in a fresh and provocative light -- telling the stories of individual addicts, but also illuminating the epidemic's years-in-the-making social context, deeply ex...

Slate

Alexandria Neason

23 February 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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Restorative justice programs essentially focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment. Schools that use the model try to understand and address the deficits that provoke students to misbehave, and teach students how ...

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

17 February 2016

Portugal

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By decriminalizing drug possession, Portugal removed a barrier preventing addicts from reaching out for help. The country treats drug use as a public health concern, offering free rehabilitation services and a needle ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

16 February 2016

Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

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A battery of drugs, some new and some long known, have been proven to give addicts support in staying off drugs and alcohol after rehab.

The Takeaway

Dana Roberson

Jillian Weinberger

10 February 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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What changes in U.S. policy can help contain the heroin crisis? For answers, we turn to Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy and director of the Crime Reduction and Justice Initiative at New York University’s Ma...

The Washington Post

Rob Kuznia

8 February 2016

California, United States

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In California, once a national innovator in draconian policies to get tough on crime, voters and lawmakers are now innovating in the opposite direction, adopting laws that have released tens of thousands of inmates an...

Bright Magazine

Stacey McKenna

20 January 2016

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Living without shelter often means forgoing “perks” like indoor plumbing. Here’s how nearly 600,000 Americans get by, and how providing public toilets can improve a city's overall sanitation.

Al Jazeera

Mark Obbie

13 January 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A growing number of organizations—rallying around victim advocacy—are calling for shorter sentences for offenders and better counseling for victims across the United States.

FiveThirtyEight

Anna Maria Barry-Jester

8 January 2016

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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After years of seeing evidence that needle exchange programs helped prevent the spread of HIV, Congress finally lifted its ban on federal funding for groups that provide the service.

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

7 January 2016

Alger, Michigan, United States

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New programs aim to ease inmates out of years of solitary confinement by passing them through different "stages," each with different behavioral requirements and rewards. It's an approach that allows inmates to gradua...

The Hechinger Report

Emily Richmond

29 December 2015

Pittsfield, New Hampshire, United States

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Instead of suspending them, a New Hampshire high school asks students to talk, listen, and make amends. The idea—termed "restorative justice"—aims to be more productive than traditional punishments.

IndyStar

Suzette Hackney

27 December 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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A nonprofit in Indianapolis diverts kids from the juvenile justice system by using a teen court where first-time offenders admit their guilt to a jury made up of fellow students rather than going through suspension or...

National Journal

Arnesa A. Howell

25 December 2015

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Former convicts learn essential life and culinary skills in a tailored program at D.C. Central Kitchen.

WNYC

Andy Mills

18 December 2015

United States

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Drugs like Naltrexone have shown a 78 percent success rate in reducing heavy drinking. However, only one percent of alcohol users ever get prescribed medication. Despite that some alcoholics are treating their illness...

The Washington Post

Kimberly Kindy

10 December 2015

Burien, Washington, United States

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In an effort to reduce the incidence of police brutality, a new style of training recruits emphasizes techniques to better de-escalate conflict situations.

The Boston Globe

Felice J. Freyer

9 December 2015

Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

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An epidemic of opioid use in Massachusetts resulted in more than 1,200 fatal overdoses last year. Authorities turned to Vivitrol injections, which make a drug-induced high impossible, to cut rates of both addiction an...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 December 2015

Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

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Portugal has gone perhaps the farthest in decriminalizing drug use. It hasn't stopped drug usage, but it has reduced deaths, the spread of H.I.V., drug crime, and imprisonment.

NationSwell

Chris Peak

25 November 2015

New York, New York, United States

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During the early 1990s, New York City had a sky-high number of kids in foster care. Now, it's safely keeping them with their families, placing them in foster care only when necessary.

ProPublica

Lois Beckett

24 November 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In the U.S. 200 black men are killed with guns for every 3 people killed in a mass shooting. Little federal attention is given to urban violence programs even though there exists an effective deterrence program implem...

IndyStar

Suzette Hackney

20 November 2015

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Indianapolis' Howe High School has joined the movement surfacing in America's public schools towards restorative justice. In 2015, in lieu of suspensions and expulsions, Howe's leadership formed a peer justice jury to...

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