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The Trace

J. Brian Charles

10 June 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore's Roca program uses cognitive behavioral therapy, and patience and persistence, to work at changing the thinking of young people at high risk of committing or suffering gun violence. Counselors help their cl...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

14 November 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Violence Intervention Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma Center helps people meet basic needs after they have suffered a gunshot injury. Along with clothing, transportation voucher...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

6 July 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A strategy to improve the intelligence that steers policing and violence-intervention efforts has worked in Chicago and shown promising early signs in Baltimore. But plans to expand Strategic Decision Support Centers ...

The Trace

J. Brian Charles

4 February 2020

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

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In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the program Sisters United Resilient and Empowered, also called SURE Moms, offers counseling to mothers in an effort to address their trauma, and thus have an effect on their entire families. W...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

6 June 2019

United States

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During the 2013-2014 school year, about 14 percent of students in the U.S. were chronically absent. In San Mateo County, the school district changed the language on letters sent home to parents about truancy, deemphas...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

21 December 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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An initiative in St. Petersburg has reduced the number of vacant houses while increasing access to affordable housing. The city takes ownership of vacant lots and abandoned homes, then sells the properties to affordab...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

16 August 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Transportation Security Administration has partnered with cities across the country to bring body scanners to metro stops and rail stations. While heralded as an efficient way to check crowds for weapons, body sca...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

26 July 2018

United States

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Property tax caps have been found to exacerbate economic inequality. They restrict funding for basic services and push municipalities to increase sales taxes and fees instead.

Governing

J. Brian Charles

5 July 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Even as cities fight gentrification, residents are often consulted late in urban planning, if at all. Cat Goughnour is pushing for change in Portland. Her consulting group ran a series of workshops, resulting in commu...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

1 July 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In 2017, researchers found that Chicago elementary and middle school students were improving their test scores at a faster pace than almost all of their peers nationwide. Reflecting on this surprising statistic and le...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

12 June 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Librarians across the nation are being trained to administer naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose. In Denver’s Central Library, 350 staff members were trained to administer the drug. “Libraries in New ...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

21 February 2018

Massachusetts, United States

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Massachusetts' Roca program uses five sites in the state to teach young men in their late teens and early 20s coping strategies to solve personal problems and change their behavior. The program targets men with previo...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

1 September 2017

Wilmington, North Carolina, United States

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The opioid crisis has resulted in numerous addictions, overdoses and deaths, leading North Carolina to reassess how they are handling the crisis. A rapid-response team checks on users after being given naloxone, heal...

The Baltimore Sun

J. Brian Charles

16 July 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore and other cities saw an increase in violence and individuals repeatedly ending up in the hospital with serious injuries, which mass jailing did not solve, leading to the creation of Shock Trauma's Violence I...

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