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CityLab

Laura Bliss

6 January 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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When city planners rushed early in the pandemic to close streets to automobile traffic in order to give residents a safe space to roam outdoors, they ended up learning lessons entirely apart from their original goals ...

Helena Independent Record

Phoebe Tollefson

4 January 2021

Montana, United States

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A set of criminal justice reforms enacted in Montana in 2017 that were meant to reduce incarceration and reinvest some of the savings in crime prevention programs has had little effect on the prison population. The st...

The Seattle Times

Manuel Villa

Nina Shapiro

3 January 2021

Washington, United States

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Nearly three decades after Washington voters made their state the first to enact a three-strikes law, imposing life imprisonment for repeated, serious offenses, some prosecutors have found ways to avoid the law's effe...

Anchorage Daily News

Kyle Hopkins

30 December 2020

Alaska, United States

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Despite hopes that testing a backlog of rape kits would reveal many new serial-rape suspects, Alaska's three-year push to test 568 kits under the federally funded Sexual Assault Kit Initiative led to only one new pros...

The Washington Post

Robert Klemko

29 December 2020

East Haven, Connecticut, United States

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After East Haven, Connecticut, police officers were caught harassing residents based on race, the Obama Justice Department took the police department to court and won a consent decree requiring a long list of reforms,...

NBC News

Catie Beck

Adiel Kaplan

Alexa Keyes

Wilson Wong

28 December 2020

United States

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A critical element in responding to rapes with trauma-informed victim care that aids an eventual prosecution is a sexual assault forensic exam. Rape kits, as they are known, are best administered by highly trained Sex...

The Cut

Allison P. Davis

21 December 2020

Montclair, New Jersey, United States

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During protests over racial inequity in American criminal justice, the Karen video became a common response to an incident of racist hostility. A case in Montclair, New Jersey, at first followed the familiar trajector...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

Challen Stephens

14 December 2020

Washington, United States

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Police often use dogs as a form of "pain compliance," non-lethal tactics that get a criminal suspect under control without having to resort to potentially lethal means. But this use of dogs can inflict pain and injury...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Audrey Jensen

Jill Ryan

Chloe Jones

Madeline Ackley

14 December 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Houston's effort to significantly decrease homelessness was successful due to the overhaul of its previous system which was disjointed, had too many services gaps, and often duplicated services. The new system provide...

ProPublica

Amy Silverman

12 December 2020

Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, state officials recruited individuals for volunteer committees to have oversight of the state Division of Developmental Disabilities that was responsible for caring for those with developmental disabilitie...

Truthout

Elizabeth Hawes

12 December 2020

Shakopee, Minnesota, United States

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Like other prisons, Minnesota's Shakopee Correctional Facility says it uses solitary confinement as punishment for violence or other misbehavior by incarcerated people, to provide safety, or to isolate people with men...

The Hechinger Report

Amadou Diallo

11 December 2020

United States

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Under the Obama administration, the Promise Neighborhoods initiative was launched. It granted over $430 million in multiyear grants to nonprofits across 17 cities. The success of these grants have been difficult to me...

Ensia

Debora MacKenzie

8 December 2020

China

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Public health experts are strategizing for how to combat the next pandemic by learning from what failed to prevent the most recent coronavirus pandemic. From increasing surveillance of viruses to using diagnostic tech...

The Baltimore Sun

Tim Prudente

1 December 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the 1990s and again in 2014, when Baltimore used a strategy called focused deterrence to reduce street violence, it showed initial promise but then failed. Those failures can be tied to how the program was managed,...

Baltimore Magazine

Ron Cassie

1 December 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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When Baltimore police shifted tactics starting in 2007, away from aggressive street stops aimed at arresting gun carriers toward regulating the supply of street guns at their sources, the city's murder rate plunged. B...

The Intercept

Jordan Smith

26 November 2020

Tyler, Texas, United States

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Crisis-intervention and de-escalation trainings for police were meant to reform the criminal justice system's handling of people suffering from mental illness. But a lack of rigorous standards in the training and use ...

Atlas Obscura

Amy Yee

24 November 2020

Rwanda

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Rwanda’s Akagera National Park, once a conservation failure, has been revitalized with fences, patrols, and new technology to become a successful wildlife park. The government partnered with conservation group African...

KCPT

Nick Haines

19 November 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Missouri requires police to record the race of drivers from every traffic stop, a response meant to expose and ultimately reduce racial profiling in law enforcement. But, 20 years after that law took effect, Black dri...

The Flyer

Jakob Todd

17 November 2020

Salisbury, Maryland, United States

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When Salisbury University faced the likelihood of having to enact a campus-wide lockdown due to the rapidly increasing prevalence of COVID-19 cases, the school took steps to revise protocols and mandate further regula...

70 Million

Renata Sago

16 November 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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The spread of COVID-19 in jails prompted many releases from custody and a surge in donations to bail funds that pay for people's release. But those fixes have done little to address the underlying challenges of detain...

The New York Times

Blacki Migliozzi

Ashley Southall

Ali Watkins

15 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York City established its Civilian Complaint Review board in 1993 to strengthen its police-discipline system, a response to complaints that police officers rarely were punished for harassment and brutality, especi...

Truthout

Frederick Clayton

15 November 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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After running out of water during a drought in 2002, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and Las Vegas Valley Water District took proactive steps to conserve the region’s water for future generations. Thanks to public...

The Boston Globe

Naomi Martin

15 November 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Teachers are having to restructure the way they teach due to the pandemic imposed challenges of virtual classes. This story chronicles how three different teachers adjusted their instruction. From having students brea...

New York Daily News

Chelsia Rose Marcius

14 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Manhattan Mental Health Court was created in 2011 to divert felony criminal cases to treatment, and away from prison, for people in need of mental health treatment. But few people with serious mental illness ever bene...

ProPublica

Tony Briscoe

Haru Coryne

Mick Dumke

11 November 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A series of government programs designed to rebuild a neighborhood badly damaged by the 1968 Chicago uprising not only failed to achieve their goal, but actually made it worse. Hundreds of businesses in the Madison St...

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