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CNN

Tawanda Scott Sambou

Wayne Drash

20 May 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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When faced with a violent crime epidemic, the city of Richmond in the Bay Area of California, implemented a program that incentivized youth to step away from the violence. Offering a monthly stipend, intense mentorshi...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Gina Barton

14 May 2016

Montpelier, Vermont, United States

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Communities nationwide, including in Wisconsin, work to help ex-prisoners by surrounding them with supportive people. But in Vermont, a statewide network funded by the DOC makes it happen.

Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

4 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In poor, crime-infected neighborhood with limited opportunities, where interactions with law enforcement are often toxic and punitive, and distrust on both sides is rampant. An integrated strategy is at the core of th...

TakePart

Rebecca McCray

29 April 2016

Huntsville, Texas, United States

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Solitary confinement is a widespread practice in jails to protect marginalized populations and mentally ill as well as separate gang members from conspiring. However, the practice has widespread negative effects such ...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

14 April 2016

Texas, United States

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There is a high rate of recidivism for juvenile offenders, Chad Houser started Cafe Momentum with the aims to help these individuals develop a new life. The food is made by young offenders who go through a year long i...

Citizen Matters

Akshatha M

12 April 2016

Bengaluru, Bangalore, India

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Rehabilitation is key for newly released prisoners, to avoid social stigma and financial problems. Providing skill development programs, mental health counseling and financial assistance are just some of the ways that...

BBC

Nick Beake

31 March 2016

London, United Kingdom

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A new approach to youth justice in southeast Spain is turning lives around through agricultural labor and special education.

NationSwell

Chris Peak

31 March 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Facing job discrimination after years in and out of prison, a San Francisco man founded a company that employs public housing residents, regardless of their parole status, to sort trash from recyclables and compostabl...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

John Caniglia

24 March 2016

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Providing positive interventions reduces gun violence among struggling youths. In New Haven, Connecticut, the Project Longevity program offers social services, treatment, housing, and counseling to those who typically...

BBC

Kate Bissell

14 March 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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For many offenders, prison can be a tense, divisive, and anger-inducing environment, fueling the negative influences that landed them there in the first place and leading to high recidivism rates. Actor Tim Robbins - ...

Bright Magazine

Rob Waters

10 March 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Five Keys Charter School, established in 2003, works in various California prisons to provide education and job training to inmates. Since its founding, Five Keys has awarded 684 high school diplomas to inmates in cus...

American University Radio (WAMU)

Matthew S. Schwartz

25 February 2016

Fort Meade, Maryland, United States

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Paying at-risk people to stay out of trouble is the most controversial part of a new D.C. crime bill that also proposes counseling and other services to prevent repeat offenses. But a similar program is already in use...

The Washington Post

Rob Kuznia

8 February 2016

California, United States

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In California, once a national innovator in draconian policies to get tough on crime, voters and lawmakers are now innovating in the opposite direction, adopting laws that have released tens of thousands of inmates an...

Slate

Mark Obbie

29 December 2015

Batavia, New York, United States

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In a conservative upstate town in New York, an early advocate of what is now known as restorative justice pioneered the idea of finding alternatives to incarceration that address root causes of crimes and offer victim...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

22 December 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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At monthly lunch meetings, former inmates get together with Chicago Police officers to make connections outside of law enforcement situations and try to understand one another better. The Building Bridges, Building Co...

Weld for Birgmingham

Nick Patterson

17 December 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Authorities have found a strategy to curb the homicide rate, The Violence Reduction Initiative, which has been scaled in other cities. This initiative calls in likely offenders and has them meet with the police face-t...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

25 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Both incarceration and crime rates are low is Western Europe where the focus in prison is on rehabilitating prisoners so they can return to society. American leaders visited a prison in Germany to consider implementin...

Slate

Mark Obbie

11 September 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Four community groups in the Los Angeles area work to address the root causes of what draws young people into gangs with a mix of approaches to help people leave the gang life, including education and job services, co...

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...

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...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Sarah Zahedi

9 July 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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For 20 years, the Center for Young Women’s Development has been a safe space for thousands of young women ages 16 to 24 who have been incarcerated or are homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area. The center is most reco...

Slate

Mark Obbie

30 June 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Restorative justice emphasizes accountability and making amends by facilitating meetings between people who committed a crime and those who were hurt by that crime. Victims can get their questions answered and express...

The Boston Globe

Laura Crimaldi

18 June 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Operation Exit, a program in Boston, offers vocational training to ex-offenders and people with a high risk of offending, giving them the motivation and tools to better their situation.

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 Washington Post

Michael S. Rosenwald

7 June 2015

Westover, Maryland, United States

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Eastern Correctional Institution is just one of the nation's prisons that's using gardening and agriculture as a way both to improve prison and community food systems, and to give inmates a sense of worth.

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