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Shabnam Grewal

19 March 2016

United Kingdom

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How to break a cycle of recidivism? Individual ex-prisoners share their own stories of how they have recovered from addiction and lives of crime, gotten their lives on track, and ultimately broken the cycle and stayed...

The Nation

 Hélène Barthélemy

9 November 2015

Bronx, New York, United States

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A misdemeanor for a poor person can mean denial of employment, housing, etc., removing any opportunities for change. A public defender's office in the Bronx is trying to stop this downward spiral by offering ex-offend...

Civil Eats

Sarah Henry

9 September 2015

Oakland, California, United States

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After incarceration, Black men and women have a difficult time re-integrating into society without financial and educational resources. A former Black Panther activist has created the non-profit Oakland &the World Ent...

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Robin Wood

30 August 2015

Fairbanks, Alaska, United States

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Filling gaps in prisoner re-entry and transitional housing is the goal of a 14-month-old Fairbanks organization. Southside Reentry Center offers 10 to 15 beds, depending on the season, for people exiting the correctio...

The Huffington Post

Matt Ferner

28 July 2015

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

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After release, ex-prisoners often have a hard time re-integrating into society. Re-entry programs in several states work to stabilize this process, providing inmates with education while in prison or connecting ex-con...

Dallas Morning News

Sylvan Lane

22 June 2015

Dallas, Texas, United States

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An in-depth study of Texas youth crime records helped them find a path forward on juvenile criminal justice reform, but they still struggle with limited resources and a culture stuck on incarceration.

PBS Frontline

Matthew O'Neil

8 June 2015

Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut is attempting to reduce prison recidivism by changing parole practices. Changes to the system are allowing parole officers to foster relationships with parolees and counsel them as people, not as cases.

The Huffington Post

Carly Schwartz

7 May 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The war on drugs has put millions in jail and fails to curb illegal drug use. Tactics that focus on helping addicts are far more successful, such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and other decriminalizatio...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Rae Ellen Bichell

15 April 2015

Kerava, Finland

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Inmates at the prison in Kerava, Finland, do their own shopping and have keys. Open prisons are the final step of the penal system, one that encourages prisoners—who must apply to the prison, but may be welcome even i...

The New York Times

Jessica Benko

26 March 2015

Halden, Norway

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The goal of the Norwegian penal system is to get inmates out of it. The country's Halden prison offers humane treatment, trying to help inmates as much as possible rather than punish them.

Cosmopolitan

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

25 February 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A Department of Justice study reported that about 75 percent of those released in 2005 were rearrested, and women prisoners often have a harder time re-entering society after release. A New Way of Life (ANWOL) is a Lo...

Kaiser Health News

Jenny Gold

20 August 2014

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In the United States 20 percent of prisoners have a mental illness. San Antonio law enforcement and mental health workers pooled their resources and worked together to create a one-stop center for the mentally ill to ...

KQED

April Dembosky

30 April 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Health insurance sign-ups made available to all inmates at the San Francisco county jail, partnered with guidance from a clinic once they are on the outside, allows them to receive better care upon release, and may he...

The New York Times

The New York Times Editorial Board

7 November 2013

Germany

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American corrections officials look overseas for a better approach to creating a system geared toward social reintegration rather than punishment alone.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 March 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Most programs to cut recidivism don’t significantly reduce rates of repeated arrests or incarceration, but one called the Center for Employment Opportunities that started in New York City is making a dramatic dent. Th...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 January 2011

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The prison system is designed to fail - and it does. On the positive side, there are programs all over the country that recognize that helping prisoners remake their lives is both humane and cost-effective.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

17 January 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Newly released prisoners often return to crime from lack of effective re-introduction programs. The Fortune Society in New York is a group home which offers resources and positive peer pressure to the ex-prisoners as ...

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