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Emily Nonko

20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

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Jared Brey

19 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The city of Philadelphia piloted a mediation program that showed how landlord-tenant disputes could be resolved short of an eviction lawsuit. Though the program only lasted two months and heard just a handful of cases...

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David Barer

17 May 2020

Texas, United States

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In Texas, legislators and advocates are working to address mental health concerns for individuals entering or in the criminal justice system. For those already in jail, telepsychiatry is being offered to help rehabili...

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Arezow Doost

17 May 2020

Travis County, Texas, United States

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In Texas’ Travis County, a mental health court is helping divert people out of the criminal justice system and into treatment and outpatient programs. The collaborative process gives individuals the opportunity for re...

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Josh Hinkle

17 May 2020

Lubbock, Texas, United States

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Experts, advocates, and lawmakers are working within the Texas prison system to help individuals experiencing incarceration access mental health care. A promising practice has been the use of telepsychiatry, or virtua...

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Rikha Sharma Rani

14 May 2020

District of Columbia, United States

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Washington, D.C. is piloting an approach called Thinking for a Change to help break the cycle of recidivism. The approach itself has been around since 1997, and it brings together individuals involved in the justice s...

100 Days in Appalachia

Fernando Alfonso III

14 May 2020

Kentucky, United States

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Stay-at-home orders and social distancing can worsen opioid addiction problems, and so some health providers, social media, and agencies in opioid-heavy Appalachia have devised ways to turn a threat into an opportunit...

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Becca Burton

11 May 2020

Florida, United States

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Less than two years after Florida voters abolished the state’s lifetime ban on voting by anyone with a felony criminal record – a law that disenfranchised more than 10% of the state's voting-age people – an estimated ...

Global Sisters Report

Chris Herlinger

7 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Hour Children is one of several programs throughout the U.S. that focuses on employing "God-given dignity" to help incarcerated mothers maintain relationships with their children and find sustainable futures after the...

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Beth Macy

1 May 2020

Batesville, Indiana, United States

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To close a gap in drug treatment that often denies help to people who end up jailed, a hospital employee schooled in the strong evidence of effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment cobbled together a program usi...

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Susana Malcorra

27 April 2020

Madrid, Spain

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Spain's collectivist culture, free public-health system, and economic support structures have helped the country to combat the spread of coronavirus. One measure – known as "temporary employment regulation file, or ex...

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Sergio Olmos

27 April 2020

Texas, United States

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Specialty dockets are used in some states to provide extensive follow-up and supervision to help juveniles end gang affiliations. The enhanced supervision usually includes a curfew, frequent unannounced home visits, r...

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Jennie Butler

26 April 2020

California, United States

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The California law firm UnCommon Law is helping people in prison make parole through group counseling and training. The firm facilitates conversations around insight, helping participants understand and explain their ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aubrey Whelan

22 April 2020

Lisbon, Portugal

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When faced with an opioid crisis, the government in Portugual made a drastic decision to decriminalize drug use. This shift in policy allowed for a shift in perspective – addiction problems could now be treated as a p...

Solitary Watch

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Katie Rose Quandt

10 April 2020

Louisiana, United States

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, prisons are having to figure out ways to keep it from spreading across inmate populations. A popular response has been cell lockdowns, drawing criticism from advocacy organizatio...

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Miranda Cyr

8 April 2020

Austin, Texas, United States

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A nonprofit organization in Texas is helping Hispanic and immigrant families navigate "a complicated health system for children with disabilities" by providing access to resources and support. Offering resources such ...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

6 April 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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California’s governor signed an executive order allocating $50 million to lease hotel rooms for those experiencing homelessness after being released from prison as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While the hotel busi...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Larry Platt

3 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Throughout the economic crash of 2008, banks were "vilified" for their response, but as the economy again teeters on crashing during the coronavirus pandemic, regulators have been able to be proactive in their approac...

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Aysha Imtiaz

1 April 2020

Karachi, Pakistan

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In Pakistan, where many citizens earn a daily wage from street businesses that have now been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pakistanis are continuing to contribute zakat, "the traditional Muslim char...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Andy Mannix

27 March 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund has ramped up its spending to pay bail for people with low-level charges. The COVID-19 threat has added urgency to this increasingly popular response to the cash bail system. With jails and ...

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Anabel Munoz

26 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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To prevent people from losing their homes due to lack of paying rent or during the coronavirus pandemic, the L.A. County Supervisor issued an executive order that prevents landlords from evicting their tenants. To app...

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Max Blau

March 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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A mother's grief and a doctor's determination led to the first syringe-exchange center in Florida – a significant first step in increasing conversation around the merits of harm reduction policies. Since opening, the ...

Bloomberg

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Nic Querolo

23 March 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Recognizing the unique vulnerability of its homeless population to the coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco is transforming motels and hotels into makeshift and spacious shelters. The city must act fast to protect a ho...

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Sheena Elzie

20 March 2020

Hamilton, Ohio, United States

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In Butler County, Ohio, law enforcement and jails are adapting quickly as the COVID19 pandemic continues on. They’re working with courts and judges to allow low-level and non-violent offenders to be released and have ...

The Baltimore Sun

Yvonne Wenger

9 March 2020

Maryland, United States

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Maryland's punitive child-support policies, which have piled $233 million in largely uncollectable debt on the state's poorest residents and destabilized families and neighborhoods, could be improved by adopting refor...

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