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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Organizations that supply funds to provide bail for people arrested for misdemeanors not only saves money for taxpayers, but reduces the number of guilty pleas, and could possibly save lives. Those who cannot pay for ...

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Ally Hirschlag

26 October 2017

Tampa, Florida, United States

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A man convicted to a life sentence for a shooting he took part in at age 13 reached out to the woman he injured from prison and over the years they built a friendship based on forgiveness and trust. She helped him win...

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Dana Difilippo

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many low-income people who are arrested, coming up with even a small amount of bail money is nearly impossible, leaving them to languish for months before their cases are ever adjudicated. That means lost jobs and...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

27 September 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania has a compassionate release law for inmates who are terminally ill so they don't die in prison, but in practice it has become even more difficult for inmates and their families to take advantage of it. Th...

The Marshall Project

Alysia Santo

22 September 2017

United States

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Public defender systems across the country are underfunded and understaffed. Viewed by progressives as a racial and class inequality problem, the issue is gaining major traction in red states under a different framing...

NBC News

Jon Schuppe

Matt Toder

22 August 2017

New Jersey, United States

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Although the cash bail system has long been used in the US criminal justice system, many argue that it is biased based on socioeconomic levels. To reduce this bias, criminal justice researchers and data scientists hav...

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Kriston Capps

14 August 2017

New York, New York, United States

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New York City passed the first law in the nation guaranteeing legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. Pilot programs in California show that the right to counsel levels the playing field betwe...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 August 2017

Bogribail, Karnataka, India

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Legal expertise is often expensive and inaccessible to communities around the world experiencing environmental rights violations and other issues. Similar to the rise of community health workers who are expanding acce...

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

19 July 2017

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The idea that someone should not languish in jail because they cannot afford bail is gaining more support around the country, including Mississippi thanks to a lawsuit challenging lengthy detentions of two men. In the...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

22 June 2017

Denver, Colorado, United States

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As immigration policy fluctuates under the current administration and the future of thousands of undocumented migrants remains volatile, uncertain, and complex, many find themselves in a heightened state of stress and...

NPR

Michelle Andrews

6 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Hospitals in Omaha are creating “medical-legal partnerships” for their patients: teams of doctors, social workers and lawyers that work collaboratively with patients to help them navigate challenges like fighting to g...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

31 May 2017

California, United States

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Victims of trauma are at risk for substance abuse, depression, or other difficulties. Trauma Recovery Centers are becoming increasingly prevalent for their ability to provide a wide range of services.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

David Gambacorta

Samantha Melamed

12 April 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, but with a $3.5 million McArthur Foundation grant the city has used several initiatives to change that. The efforts appear to be working, with th...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

20 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia enacted a law in 2016 that allows for people convicted of minor crimes to get their records sealed by a court. In this article an employment lawyer who has worked for many years with people who have recor...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

19 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A law in Philadelphia allows people with certain misdemeanor convictions to ask a court to seal their records. This means job seekers could honestly tell prospective employers they have no criminal record and schools ...

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Aaron Moselle

12 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An expungement clinic in Philadelphia allows some with criminal charges in their past to start the process of having those sealed from public view by a judge. The workshops follow the passage of Act 5, a new state law...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

11 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, people with certain types of misdemeanors can ask the courts to seal their records from public view. When this law was passed, a team of 175 lawyers, paralegals, and law students volunteered to help e...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Stephen St.Vincent

12 October 2016

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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Low-income people often miss out on court dates because they cannot afford to miss work or leave their children. Michigan and Ohio courts have incorporated the Matterhorn “online adjudication system” to handle simple ...

The Seattle Times

John Higgins

9 July 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Washington state introduced higher standards for child care, many feared that home-based centers, including those run by women from Somalia, would close. But a group spearheaded by nonprofit Voices of Tomorrow ar...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Software and apps are helping millions of Americans trying to solve civil problems on their own.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 May 2016

United States

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Across the country, new criminal justice campaigns are seeking to redefine how criminal records are both accessed and interpreted. Given that current crime histories fail to denote context and stories of culmination, ...

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Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

13 March 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Barefoot Law was founded to keep Ugandans educated about their legal rights. The group of lawyers provides legal help to 300,000 people each month, heavily supported by volunteers. As a non-profit social enterprise, t...

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Rakesh Kalshian

9 February 2016

Uttara Kannada, India

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Economic development of poor communities in India is aggravated by the lack of legal knowledge. A US-based NGO Namati helps locals defend their rights by educating them about the laws.

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

21 December 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Domestic abuse of the staff in the households of the 1% is often overlooked or ignored. But foreign missions in the US that abuse their domestic staff are finally being held accountable.

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

14 December 2015

Guanajuato, Mexico

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The rights of migrant workers, especially related to legal issues, are often ignored. Lawyers are helping Mexican workers sue abusive employers in US courts.

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