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The Marshall Project

Nicole Lewis

Andrew R. Calderón

23 June 2021

Nevada, United States

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Thirteen states restored the right to vote to millions of formerly incarcerated people in the years leading up to the 2020 elections. An analysis of four of them – Nevada, Kentucky, Iowa, and New Jersey – shows the ne...

The Sprawl

Hamdi Issawi

22 June 2021

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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In less than three and a half years, Safeworks, the only supervised drug-use site in Calgary, saved thousands of people from opioid-overdose deaths and helped users for whom abstinence-based treatment didn't work. The...

The Crime Report

Ryan M. Moser

21 June 2021

Miami, Florida, United States

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Two years into an experiment in "incentivized prison" management, Florida's Everglades Correctional Institution is considered the state's safest prison. An incarcerated journalist reporting from inside writes that by ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Allen Arthur

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Formerly Incarcerated Law Students Advocacy Association at City University of New York's law school mentors people whose criminal records serve as a barrier to pursuing a law career. FILSAA is part of a movement t...

Gothamist

Elizabeth Kim

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Stand Up to Violence is the only street-outreach gun-violence-prevention program in New York that centers its work in hospitals. Street outreach is a policing alternative that uses former gang members and formerly inc...

Prism

Tamar Sarai Davis

21 June 2021

Middletown, Connecticut, United States

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College-in-prison programs like Wesleyan University's Center for Prison Education have a track record for improving incarcerated students' lives, lowering crime, and making prisons safer. But a number of factors compr...

Next City

Roshan Abraham

17 June 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Studies show that abstinence-based prevention drug programs like D.A.R.E don't work. To provide another option, the Drug Policy Alliance, a non-profit, developed their own curriculum called “Safety First.” The fifteen...

The Washington Post

Rebecca Tan

16 June 2021

Montgomery County, Maryland, United States

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Montgomery County's longtime crisis response center illustrates the pitfalls of embracing a policing alternative without proper resources or thinking through the implications. The racial-justice protests of 2020 inspi...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

11 June 2021

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The nationwide 988 call system for suicide prevention and mental health crises will go live in July 2022, with federal funding available for certain local crisis response programs. Santa Cruz and Alameda counties alre...

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...

BBC

Craig Langran

8 June 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Most domestic violence telephone helplines offer help to women who have been abused, and counseling programs for men provide their services in prison, once men have committed serious violence. But Línea Calma tries to...

Colorado Newsline

Moe Clark

4 June 2021

Aurora, Colorado, United States

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At the Second Chance Center, people emerging from prison get the necessities to survive, like housing, clothing, and food. But they also get deeper learning about how to repair their lives, thanks to an inclusive and ...

San Francisco Examiner

Joshua Sabatini

4 June 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Street Crisis Response Team is a pilot project meant to divert 911 calls for mental health emergencies from police to new teams of mobile counselors. Though it started with only one team and later expa...

KOAA-TV

Alasyn Zimmerman

3 June 2021

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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Colorado's Transforming Safety initiative empowers communities to decide how to use grant money to address high rates of recidivism. One community-chosen grantee is Colorado Springs Works, founded by a man who made a ...

KRQE-TV

Chris McKee

28 May 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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When young people with criminal records get shot in Albuquerque, they may get visited by the police department's Violence Intervention Program: cops and counselors urging the victims to resist the impulse to retaliate...

KSTU-TV

Sydney Glenn

28 May 2021

Spanish Fork, Utah, United States

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Nearly 10,000 people incarcerated in the Utah County Jail have found paid work in the community during their jail terms thanks to the sheriff's Jail Industries program. While the incarcerated people get to keep just 2...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Chaundra Furin-Campbell

27 May 2021

Wilsonville, Oregon, United States

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More than 1,000 women incarcerated at Oregon's Coffee Creek Correctional Facility have participated since 2015 in Reason to Run, a program promoting better physical and mental health through running. Participants rece...

Next City

Roshan Abraham

27 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Solitary Gardens project started in New Orleans and has been copied in multiple other places as a combination art exhibit and therapeutic link between incarcerated people and the outside world. People on both side...

The Washington Post

Katy Reckdahl

26 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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First 72+ is a New Orleans reentry agency founded by formerly incarcerated people to help others as they exit prison. That help focuses on everyday needs for transportation, housing, and emotional support. As in many ...

KSDK-TV

Casey Nolen

26 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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While homicides in St. Louis in the first part of 2021 increased over already-high numbers in recent years, three neighborhoods served by a new Cure Violence program showed significant decreases in homicides, assaults...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Mark Schlinkmann

26 May 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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In the parts of two neighborhoods where the violence-intervention program Cure Violence has been active since June 2020, and a third where it has been operating since January, more than 300 potentially violent inciden...

WHYY

Darryl C. Murphy

26 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A pilot program in Philadelphia’s transit system is providing social services for people struggling with addiction. Loitering violations in and around SEPTA stations are on the rise in the wake of the pandemic, spurri...

Stateline

Kristian Hernández

25 May 2021

United States

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At least 11 states have enacted laws that automatically seal certain criminal records, to help people find jobs and housing without long-ago mistakes posing unfair obstacles. Pennsylvania's 2019 law has helped an esti...

Concord Monitor

Meg McIntyre

25 May 2021

Plymouth, Minnesota, United States

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As New Hampshire schools debate the presence of police officers stationed in schools, one model they and other states can consider is found at Minnesota Intermediate School District 287. That district lowered in-schoo...

Grid Magazine

Constance Garcia-Barrio

23 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Restorative justice healing circles run by Cookman Beloved Community Baptist Church in West Philadelphia have helped resolve hundreds of disputes among youth over the past 15 years using dialogue instead of courts. Br...

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