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Mark Obbie

March 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In Rochester, NY, the Center for Teen Empowerment, a nonprofit that trains youth in community organizing, personal development, and anti-violence, is working to bring kids off the street and into safety. The program, ...

The Atlantic

Mark Obbie

11 September 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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With support for a New York-based grant program, Buffalo has been trying various evidence-based approaches to decrease violence, especially gun violence, in the city. The grant program, Gun Involved Violence Eliminati...

TakePart

Mark Obbie

19 September 2016

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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Oklahoma has the second highest incarceration rate in the country. Despite spending millions, the prison population in the state kept rising until Governor Fallin enrolled the state in the Justice Reinvestment Initiat...

The Trace

Mark Obbie

11 August 2016

United States

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While policing initiatives have previously been driven by intuitive responses to trends in violent crime, the Centre for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University has developed a new strategy for identify...

The New York Times

Mark Obbie

25 June 2016

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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One of the hardest parts of being in prison is not knowing what to do when you get out. By pitching ex-cons as good for business, the Eastern District of Missouri’s prison-to-work program has become a model for inmate...

Al Jazeera

Mark Obbie

13 January 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A growing number of organizations—rallying around victim advocacy—are calling for shorter sentences for offenders and better counseling for victims across the United States.

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...

TakePart

Mark Obbie

14 December 2015

Minnesota, United States

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Increases in police brutality against communities of color in Minneapolis have resulted in a deterioration of trust between the two groups, as well as increased frustration by the impacted community. Just across the c...

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...

Slate

Mark Obbie

19 July 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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A Houston man whose sister was murdered created a way to help his own pain and possibly foster more empathy and understanding among inmates. The restorative justice program, Bridges to Life, has grown to hundreds of...

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...

Pacific Standard

Mark Obbie

20 December 2010

Texas, United States

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The Victim-Offender Mediation/Dialogue program in Texas connects victims with those who harmed them to initiate a healing process founded on the premise of restorative justice. This state-run mediation program helps v...

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