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NPR

Monika Evstatieva

Tim Mak

16 June 2020

United States

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One of the key police reforms sought after the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, bans on chokeholds and other neck restraints, has failed to curb abuses in some of the nation’s largest police departments because o...

Wall Street Journal

Yaroslav Trofimov

13 June 2020

Ukraine

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Georgia and Ukraine offer cautionary advice to Americans whose mass protests seek structural changes in policing, even abolishing entire police forces. The same was true in those two countries. But, in both cases, ini...

The Appeal

Brendan McQuade

12 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Hailed as an example of a successful, radical makeover of a police department, Camden's policing actually represents only a slight shift, from mass incarceration to its close cousin, mass supervision through surveilla...

Politico

Katherine Landergan

12 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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A decade after Camden crime and police relations hit bottom, and five years after President Obama lauded its new police department as a model for reform, the city's successful reboot of its police force offers both en...

Mother Jones

Jamie Smith Hopkins

Kristine Villanueva

11 June 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Civilian oversight panels serving as watchdogs and disciplinary enforcers for police departments have a generally poor record of effectiveness, thanks to multiple structural flaws. But examples of successful oversight...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Charles D. Ellison

10 June 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Truly independent citizen review boards can serve as an effective check on police misconduct if they are structured properly, but too many cities are like Philadelphia, where a lack of power and resources means they s...

CNN

Scottie Andrew

9 June 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Camden, New Jersey, is far smaller and more racially diverse than Minneapolis, but its decision to dissolve and reconstitute its police department may be the most apt case study if the larger city follows through on p...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

5 June 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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While most police-reform ideas focus on top-down imposition of standards, peer intervention puts the burden on individual police officers to prevent misconduct. Grounded in studies of bystanders’ behavior in the face ...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

4 June 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Alamosa, Colorado, gives police officers the option of sending people to substance abuse treatment rather than straight into the criminal justice system. Used i...

The Marshall Project

Jamiles Lartey

Maggie Koerth

1 June 2020

United States

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Half a century of research showing the dynamics of how protesters and police interact under pressure teaches that when police respond with escalating force, it doesn’t work. But police continue to lean on such tactics...

New Mexico In Depth

Jeff Proctor

1 June 2020

New Mexico, United States

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New Mexico criminal justice officials joined forces to lower local jail populations by one-third in just 11 weeks, a rushed COVID-19 response that not only seems to have prevented widespread illness but also led law e...

The New York Times

Tracey Tully

Kevin Armstrong

1 June 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Through a combination of protesters’ vigilance, mayoral leadership, anti-violence interventions, and de-escalation by police, Newark managed to avoid the violence that marred other cities’ responses in the initial bur...

The New York Times

Shaila Dewan

Serge Kovaleski

30 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Derek Chauvin's journey through the Minneapolis Police Department’s officer-disciplinary system illustrates the weaknesses of that system and the failure of efforts to fix it. Chauvin, the officer charged in the death...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

28 May 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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Alamosa, Colorado has lowered its jail population and the number of felony cases and arrests, and has broken the cycle of repeat offending, by diverting people with drug problems from prosecution into treatment. The l...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

Jamiles Lartey

28 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis Police Department’s repeated failures to reform a broken police-discipline system underscore the lack of public trust that exploded in local and nationwide protests after an officer with a troubled rec...

The Globe and Mail

Marsha McLeod

27 May 2020

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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As Canada sees an increase in gun violence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are increasing their capacity to do ballistic imaging – an analysis that is able to potentially connect multiple crimes. Across the ...

MassLive

Scott J. Croteau

26 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As communities work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the risk for emergency responders to contract the illness is high; but in Massachusetts, departments are putting new practices and plans into place to address t...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

25 February 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Over the past 14 years, the city of Chicago has been running a Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) to help divert youth away from the criminal justice system. The goal of the program, which took a $5 milli...

The Kansas City Star

Glenn E. Rice

Luke Nozicka

19 January 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Within a year of its creation, a state-federal collaboration to reduce gun violence in Kansas City seemed to result in a deep decline in killings. But the program, called Kansas City No Violence Alliance, collapsed by...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

9 January 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a coalition of organizers and community members called Reclaim the Block advocates for divestment from the city's police force and into more community-based initiatives and services. Advocat...

YR Media

Zari Tarazona

8 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has made a concerted effort toward reducing the number of youth being arrested in schools. Leadership, including the school police commissioner and district attorney, changed procedures so that youth, ins...

The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks

1 January 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When Baltimore put the necessary resources behind a “call-in” program that intervenes with people likely to commit gun violence, from 2006 to 2012, homicides dropped by 30% and shootings by 40%. The program, which no ...

WOSU

Adora Namigadde

23 December 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In Columbus, Ohio, a team of police officers and mental health professionals responds together to police calls in an effort to promote community-oriented policing. The approach has reduced arrests and helped to connec...

Dallas Observer

Lucas Manfield

10 December 2019

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Determined to break a damaging cycle of arrests for people experiencing mental health crises, Dallas has started sending teams of social workers and emergency responders instead of just police officers to these 911 ca...

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff

5 December 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The way in which Kentucky’s Louisville Metro Police Department handles rape cases has come into question. The department’s low level of cases being brought to trial is because of the extra step police officers take: c...

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