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Associated Press

Martha Bellisle

21 October 2021

United States

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A growing number of prosecutors compile lists of police officers deemed untrustworthy witnesses, information they disclose to defense lawyers to prevent unjust criminal convictions. Called "Brady lists" or "do not cal...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Justin Murphy

19 October 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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During the 2020 social justice protests, Rochester city school leaders quickly acted to remove police officers from the schools. A long-time goal of school-discipline reformers, ending the use of school resource offic...

The Everett Daily Herald (HeraldNet)

Rachel Riley

10 October 2021

Washington, United States

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Washington state prison officials say they have tried for years to reduce their use of solitary confinement. They made some progress toward that goal until the pandemic. Despite that complication, hundreds still live ...

Reveal

Jennifer Gollan

9 October 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Starting in 1968, Congress has passed a series of laws, as have some states, stripping gun possession rights from people convicted of felonies or of domestic violence, or who are the subjects of restraining orders. Bu...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

5 October 2021

United States

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Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted red-flag laws, most of them since the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The laws, also called extreme risk protection order laws, allow law enforcement off...

Next City

Adina Solomon

29 September 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The Secure Neighborhoods program lets select police officers buy houses at subsidized prices if they move into a mostly Black, historically disinvested neighborhood. The aim of the program is to make police officers p...

KMOV-TV

Lauren Trager

28 September 2021

Missouri, United States

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A new Missouri law, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, restricts the ability of local law enforcement officials to collaborate with federal officials in enforcing gun laws and investigating gun crimes. The law, wh...

The Cut

Melissa Jeltsen

22 September 2021

Moab, Utah, United States

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The case of Gabby Petito illustrates how decades-old laws meant to make police take domestic violence more seriously can backfire on the people who most need protection. Mandatory-arrest laws require police responding...

Vox

Kimberly Mas

22 September 2021

United States

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Prescribed burning or controlled burning is an ancestral indigenous practice in which specific sections of a forest are burned. Controlled burning also happens naturally like when lightning strikes a forest. Controlle...

ProPublica

Megan O'Matz

16 September 2021

Wisconsin, United States

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Wisconsin is a leader in the movement to treat fathers as equal caregivers and to prioritize shared custody in divorces. But this fathers' rights reform, combined with outmoded ideas about women who allege domestic vi...

KVUE-TV

Tony Plohetski

15 September 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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After years of inaction on police-reform measures, Austin city leaders raced to restructure and cut resources from the city's police department after the 2020 nationwide social-justice protests followed close on the h...

The Guardian

Preeti Jha

14 September 2021

Bihar, India

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The Bihar, India, state government banned drinking and selling of alcohol in 2016 after women in the mostly rural state mounted protests blaming men's alcohol abuse for rampant violence against women. Hundreds of thou...

Crosscut

David Kroman

13 September 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Washington state legislators imposed new restrictions on the use of force by police, including strict limits on physically restraining someone who is not suspected of committing a crime. At a time when non-police resp...

San Francisco Chronicle

Rachel Swan

7 September 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Oakland Ceasefire's "delicate architecture" balancing law enforcement and community-based responses to gun violence, which seemed to have helped lower the city's gun violence by half since 2012, came crashing down dur...

Bloomberg Businessweek

Fola Akinnibi

2 September 2021

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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A 2002 agreement with the U.S. Justice Department made Cincinnati a model of police reform. After a series of controversial shootings of residents, police committed to a less harsh, more publicly accountable approach ...

Austin American-Statesman

Tony Plohetski

1 September 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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The 2020 protests over abusive policing nationwide led to Austin city leaders' decision to be the first major city to make major cuts in their police budget. But these early and rapid "defund-the-police" measures, cut...

The Columbus Dispatch

Yilun Cheng

23 August 2021

Whitehall, Ohio, United States

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Congress created the U visa program in 2000 to encourage undocumented immigrants to report crimes to the police and cooperate with investigations and prosecutions. The visa legalizes an immigrant's status, if certifie...

NBC News

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Lexi Churchill

19 August 2021

Houston, Texas, United States

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First responders usually have wide discretion over whether to force their way into a private home to respond to an emergency. One family's tragic carbon monoxide poisoning during Texas' severe winter weather in 2021 i...

The Front

Cameron Sires

Mallory Kruml

Kenneth Duncan

15 August 2021

Bellingham, Washington, United States

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A third of surveyed college students experience food insecurity, the rate is even higher at Western Washington University. To address the issue that university has unfolded a number of responses; food pantries, meal d...

Anchorage Daily News

Kyle Hopkins

11 August 2021

Alaska, United States

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Alaska put itself at the cutting edge of rape investigations in 2007 by passing a law requiring the collection of DNA samples from people arrested for a variety of crimes. The system is meant to aid in solving rapes, ...

Reveal

Eda Uzunlar

7 August 2021

Wyoming, United States

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Neighboring states of Wyoming and South Dakota take starkly different approaches toward youth who get in trouble. Side-by-side comic panels follow two real cases through each system. A South Dakota teen gets help that...

Eugene Weekly

Taylor Perse

5 August 2021

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Disaster preparedness in the form of close inter-agency coordination and communication helped Cuyahoga County, Ohio, protect its unhoused population from COVID-19 to a greater extent than Lane County, Oregon. Although...

The Tributary (Jacksonville Journalism Collective)

Uriel J. García

3 August 2021

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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A Florida constitutional amendment enacted in 2018 called Marsy's Law protects crime victims' rights, including the right to privacy when public-records laws would otherwise reveal victims' identity. But the Jacksonvi...

Better Government Association

Cecilia Reyes

Madison Hopkins

2 August 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Many cities have experienced tragic deaths in rental apartments, but Chicago's poor record in this realm is compounded by officials' refusal to concede systemic problems. So, to follow up on an earlier report about th...

The Washington Post

David Nakamura

2 August 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Federal consent decrees install court-appointed monitors to oversee reforms agreed to by a police department and the U.S. Justice Department after federal officials have found a department violates people's civil righ...

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