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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...

Pacific Standard

Jack Shuler

10 January 2019

Ohio, United States

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Day reporting, which serves as an alternative to to jail or prison for many with substance abuse disorders, provides intense, holistic programming to help participants recover. The personal relationships built in the ...

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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...

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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...

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, ...

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...

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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...

Chicago Reporter

Kari Lydersen

Sydney Boles

14 October 2018

Vermont, United States

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Across the United States, women statistically receive a higher rate of disciplinary tickets for minor infractions compared to their male counterparts. In Vermont, however, where corrections falls under the Department ...

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Adele Peters

5 October 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Emily Turner, an attorney-turned-activist, runs the restaurant All Square, which only employs people with a criminal record. After years working in the field of prisoner reentry for the government, she decided to crea...

The News & Observer

Shelbi Polk

27 September 2018

Wake Forest, North Carolina, United States

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The Field Minister Program by the College at Southeastern Baptist Seminary offers inmates inside Nash Correctional the opportunity to study ministry and ultimately be used as a tool to reduce recidivism. Inmates with ...

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Nadege Green

23 September 2018

Miami, Florida, United States

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Ladies Empowerment Action Program (LEAP), a Miami nonprofit organization, is helping women transition out of prison and into employment. Women are connected to a transitional job at Dragonfly Thrift Boutique, a store ...

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Hallie Steiner

14 September 2018

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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After her neighbor was incarcerated, a Delaware teenager and her brother began supporting youth coming out of detention with clothes, school supplies and other items. Their nonprofit grew and was so successful in rais...

PBS NewsHour

Frank Carlson

William Brangham

31 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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After years of being the incarceration capital of America, Louisiana began changing its laws in 2017 to cut the number of people in prison, prompting a drop of seven percent in the prison population and savings of $12...

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Zoe Sullivan

30 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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A nonprofit launched by formerly incarcerated men in New Orleans addresses some of the immediate challenges people face in the first 72 hours coming out of prison. The First 72 offers them a place to go, which can be ...

The Atlantic

Alexis C. Madrigal

29 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Building on the Last Mile program that teaches inmates to code in some California prisons, Slack launched an apprenticeship program for the formerly incarcerated. It's a small initiative compared to the vast need, but...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

15 August 2018

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Enrolling in school can help former girl soldiers reintegrate into society. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Child Soldiers International interviewed community members and former soldiers, and then shared this...

Christian Science Monitor

Nissa Rhee

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago has seen a decline in violence, and one neighborhood in particular has led the way, nearly halving its shootings and homicides. Police in Englewood have changed how they work with the community and where they ...

The Tennessean

Anita Wadhwani

28 July 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Non-violent offenders arrested during mental health episodes in Davidson County are sent to Mental Health Court rather than criminal court. Through this court, they are connected to safety net services such as housing...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

23 July 2018

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In New Haven, a two-decades long experiment in giving community to and promoting empowerment for people who have been in the criminal justice system or mental health treatment services has shown a decrease in drug use...

The Marshall Project

Nicole Lewis

18 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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More states eye virtual reality to help inmates, jailed since they were teenagers, adapt to a very different world. Since a Supreme Court decision mandated the release of nearly 2,000 inmates sentenced as juveniles to...

The Marshall Project

Ashley Nerbovig

10 July 2018

Pennsylvania, United States

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A number of states have passed reforms aimed at helping people coming out of incarceration get licenses that are key to well-paying jobs, which in turn help people stay out of prison. But there are still numerous hurd...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

3 July 2018

Wasilla, Alaska, United States

Radio

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Prisons can reduce recidivism if they provide people who are incarcerated with drug and alcohol treatment, as it helps inmates address underlying issues. People who have been in and out of prison tell their stories ab...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Manisera

20 June 2018

Sessa Aurunca, Italy

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A cooperative in Italy has repurposed land once owned by the Mafia to produce pasta and organic vegetables, and its employees are using this land to reclaim their lives. Beyond the Dreams’ provides meaningful work for...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

20 June 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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PAR-Recycle Works has a twofold mission: reduce recidivism and help the planet. By teaching employees to break down electronics, the program has a sustainable source of funding through the sale of scrap metal. So far,...

The Guardian

Anna-Catherine Brigida

8 June 2018

San Salvador, El Salvador

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In El Salvador a nonprofit partners with employers to find jobs for gang members who want a way out of that life. It's a key component to helping people escape gang violence, although companies must work with churches...

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