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Abbie Vansickle

Manny Faces

4 June 2019

Stockton, California, United States

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Following a Supreme Court mandate requiring California to address prison overcrowding, the state has taken numerous initiatives to reduce sentences, relocate inmates, set higher accountability measures for law enforce...

The Devil Strip

Rosalie Murphy

3 June 2019

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Fifty years ago, Ohio's Cuyahoga River was filthy, so much so that an infamous fire had to help spark the conversation around water pollution and cleanliness. Now, the river is making a comeback after the introduction...

Bangor Daily News

Beth Brogan

28 May 2019

Knox, Maine, United States

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The newly-elected district attorney in Maine, Natasha Irving, has started implementing restorative justice practices into the area’s criminal justice system. The use of restorative justice in this case includes offeri...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

28 May 2019

Olympia, Washington, United States

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In Washington, state legislators have passed an innovative measure that would allow individuals to suspend their own gun rights. The bill was started as a proactive measure for those experience mental health issues to...

U.S. News & World Report

Susan Milligan

14 May 2019

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

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For many new Americans, New Hampshire - with all of its cold weather and reputation of racial homogeneity - is a safe haven where they've been able to join in existing communities as well as carve out their own. The w...

Next City

Rebecca Ritzel

8 May 2019

Ithaca, New York, United States

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Research shows that city council meetings are dominated by older, male and longtime residents. One Mayor is trying to change that. Under the leadership of mayor of Svante Myrick, in Ithaca New York, the city cou...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Katherine Webb-Hehn

8 May 2019

Birmingham, Alabama, United States

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From city-wide efforts to faith-based interventions to public health approaches, the city of Birmingham, Alabama is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to ending gun violence in the city. The city has been deeply aff...

Los Angeles Times

Soumya Karlamangla

Priya Krishnakumar

6 May 2019

California, United States

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The only way to eliminate a communicable disease, such as measles, is to achieve herd immunity, but due to recent anti-vaccination campaigns, the vaccination rate fell so low that the measles resurfaced in the U.S. To...

U.S. News & World Report

Casey Leins

3 May 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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The state of Mississippi has taken drastic steps in reforming their criminal justice system, pointing to a nationwide cultural shift as a driving force. State legislation, such as expanding parole eligibility, elimina...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

30 April 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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In 2018, San Francisco county forgave $32 million worth of criminal justice administrative fees. These fees are issued to formerly incarcerated individuals upon release from prison, most of which are not employed and ...

Inside Philanthropy

Julia Travers

24 April 2019

Ghana

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Nine philanthropic organizations, including Plan International and Comic Relief, make up the With and For Girls Collective, which asks teenage girls worldwide to select girl-led initiatives to fund, a process known as...

Arizona Daily Star

Luis Carrasco

21 April 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Understanding that it would be hard to gain support for increased taxes to fund early childhood education in a conservative county, Pima County in Utah turned to a Pay for Success model. In this public-private arrange...

The Washington Post

Steven Mufson

19 April 2019

Huntsville, Alabama, United States

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Three major US companies are leading the way in developing the technology to extract carbon dioxide from the air: Global Thermostat, Carbon Engineering, and Climeworks. With federal tax credits per ton of carbon dioxi...

The Trace

Brian Freskos

9 April 2019

Illinois, United States

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Following a mass shooting in Aurora, IL, lawmakers are introducing legislation that could make it harder for guns to be obtained by those who shouldn’t have them. The legislation proposes requiring fingerprints prior ...

CivicStory

Tina Kelley

4 April 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Shortly following the 2018 Midterm elections in the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of legislators known as the Problem Solvers Caucus used their numbers to change House rules easing the passage of bipartisan l...

Portland Press Herald

Kevin Miller

3 April 2019

Augusta, Maine, United States

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As states continue to tackle a nationwide opioid crisis, one tactic that is being tried is making treatments of overdoses more accessible. By installing boxes containing the overdose reversal drug naloxone in public p...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

14 March 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Around the country, states like California, New Jersey, and Maryland are implementing legislation that eliminates the cash bail system. While this is one way of addressing that system’s growing unpopularity, New York ...

Apolitical

Will Worley

11 March 2019

Norway

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Governments in Norway, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates have all implemented policies around breastfeeding in the workplace in order to promote healthy child development. Although not without limitations a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

7 March 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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After learning her home city of Austin, Texas ranked the 48th most charitable city in the country despite its strong economy, Patsy Woods Martin launched I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) in 2007 to encourage Austinite...

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Allison Shirk Collins

1 March 2019

United States

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Small and large cities around the United States have their own ways of deterring gun violence, from heavier police presences, to community engagement efforts, to public health approaches. An ongoing and similar challe...

The New Republic

Kathryn Joyce

25 February 2019

United States

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New York City's child welfare agency is trying once again to combat its "reputation for unjustly targeting low-income families of color" by piloting child care centers that are set up to help families feel respected a...

The Denver Post

Anna Staver

25 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Around the country, a dozen states have passed “red flag” gun laws. These laws allow officials to temporarily take away legally owned guns from individuals who are deemed either at-risk of suicide, or a danger to othe...

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Amanda Bernardo

22 February 2019

Canada

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When designing policies, user engagement is an essential part of obtaining feedback and raising awareness among the very people that the policies are intended to impact. One small government team in Canada, the Next G...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

21 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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In 2014, Berkeley, California passed a soda tax that proved so successful in decreasing the sales of sugar-filled drinks, that the the policy is now being considered for a statewide expansion. Although Berkeley was on...

San Francisco Chronicle

Erin Allday

21 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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California marks the first state in the United States to join the ranks of other countries such as Mexico that saw a significant decline in soda sales and increase in water sales after enacting a sugar tax. Critics of...

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