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The Intercept

Jordan Smith

12 August 2020

United States

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When "junk science" forms the basis of the training curricula used by for-profit companies in the business of teaching police interrogation techniques, it can produce mistakes leading to false confessions and wrongful...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

10 August 2020

United States

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Covid-19 has closed the places young Muslims go to meet potential spouses so two Muslim women created Eye Meets Soul, a virtual matchmaking service for US Muslim millennials where pairs first chat online without seein...

CNN

Dakin Andone

6 August 2020

Arizona, United States

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In May, Arizona began removing coronavirus restrictions after seemingly containing the spread of the virus, but by June, the state's caseload was in a drastic incline. Learning from the mistake of reopening too soon, ...

Baltimore Magazine

J. Cavanaugh Simpson

5 August 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the first half of a six-month experiment, Baltimore's "wide-area surveillance" using video cameras flying above city streets to aid in crime investigations has led to only one arrest. The city's police commissioner...

The New York Times

Isabel Kershner

Pam Belluck

4 August 2020

Israel

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When schools in Israel reopened in May—believing its coronavirus cases were under control—infections quickly rose, and the country experienced an immediate second outbreak. The country has now become an example for ot...

The Correspondent

Rutger Bregman

31 July 2020

Norway

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Comparing Norway's and the United States' approaches to prisons and policing puts the lie to the American notion that being tough and unrelentingly punitive effectively addresses crime. In Norway, even people imprison...

The New York Times

Jason Horowitz

31 July 2020

Rome, Italy

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Italy, once a major hotspot for Covid-19 cases, has seen a significant decrease in the spread of the coronavirus after implementing strict government regulations including mandatory travel restrictions and isolation p...

The Appeal

Jessica Pishko

28 July 2020

United States

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Criminalizing domestic violence was considered a feminist-inspired advance for crime victims, but making arrests and prosecution the main responses to the problem has backfired in many ways. With funding and attention...

Truthout

Tyler Hicks

26 July 2020

Milford, Delaware, United States

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Body-worn cameras gained popularity as a potential check on police brutality, but for them to fulfill that purpose, numerous changes in typical public policies are needed, starting with public access to videos and ind...

Bloomberg

Heesu Lee

25 July 2020

South Korea

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After a coronavirus flareup that killed nearly 300, South Korean public health authorities used rigorous contact tracing investigations to prevent a second wave of illnesses. As of July 2020, the country’s new cases h...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

21 July 2020

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

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Jacksonville’s prosecutor began a unique experiment in using restorative justice dialog in murder cases, seeking to help survivors learn the full truth of a crime in ways a traditional trial would not provide. In retu...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

15 July 2020

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The city of Santa Cruz is considering adopting a crisis-intervention strategy used in Eugene, Oregon, after two fatal police shootings of people suffering a mental health crises prompted questions about how an alterna...

CNBC

Christina Farr

15 July 2020

Taiwan

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Since the outbreak of Covid-19, Taiwan – a country of nearly 24 million people – has reported less than 500 cases and only seven deaths, largely due to the rapid implementation of a public health emergency response pl...

The New York Times

Joseph Goldstein

Kevin Armstrong

12 July 2020

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Although driven by financial desperation and a desire to break a union, Camden, New Jersey’s decision to dismantle its police department and form a new one focused more on limiting its use of force has paid off in bet...

CNN

Lanhee Chen

10 July 2020

Taiwan

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When reports of a coronavirus were reported in China, officials in Taiwan wasted no time implementing a plan of action to control the spread within their own region. Having learned from the SARS outbreak of 2003, auth...

Crosscut

Hannah Weinberger

7 July 2020

Washington, United States

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After a failed removal attempt of a bear cub from a tree, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for North Puget Sound decided they needed a new high-strength tarp. With a reported increase in the number of wi...

The New York Times

Amanda Taub

Jane Bradley

2 July 2020

England

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Ignoring the pleas of victim-aid groups and the examples set by other countries, the British government and courts failed to protect domestic violence victims during the pandemic. Italy, Spain, Germany, and New Zealan...

Next City

James Russell

2 July 2020

Texas, United States

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A Texas law requiring high school principals to register eligible student voters has failed because it is unequally carried out, not enforceable or tracked, and other obstacles to vote prevent students from casting ba...

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Erin Schumaker

2 July 2020

United States

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Teaching police de-escalation tactics to avoid the use of force in a crisis is a popular suggestion in the police-reform debate, but a number of structural deficits make success a great unknown. Before police departme...

CNBC

Uptin Saiidi

29 June 2020

Hong Kong, China

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Hong Kong's aggressive, early response to COVID-19, informed by the SARS scare of 2013, helped the densely populated city limit infections to about 1,200 as of late June without a comprehensive lockdown. A number of m...

The Local

Clare Speak

26 June 2020

Bavaria, Germany

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Germany has implemented a variety of methods to contain the coronavirus, but their policy of "open public testing" has been a vital component of successfully slowing the spread of the virus. Although the policy was no...

CNN

Rob Kuznia

Casey Tolan

25 June 2020

United States

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The most effective civilian oversight agencies that act as watchdogs over police discipline are empowered to conduct independent investigations, impose discipline on individual officers, and influence disciplinary pol...

WBUR

Meghna Chakrabarti

Grace Tatter

25 June 2020

United States

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Police training often is the suggested fix after controversial incidents of alleged brutality, but training is only one piece of a much larger set of cultural, racial, and social issues. Reforming training in de-escal...

The New York Times

Rukmini Callimachi

24 June 2020

Woodlynne, New Jersey, United States

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New Jersey’s responses to police misconduct offer stark lessons in how certain failures can allow troubled officers to hop from job to job undetected. The state lacks a central database of police misconduct and remain...

The New York Times

Katrin Bennhold

Melissa Eddy

23 June 2020

Germany

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To prevent its police forces from ever again being turned into militarized and politicized tools of an authoritarian state, Germany requires all police trainees to visit former Nazi concentration camps and learn in de...

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