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Half Moon Bay Review

Libby Leyden

13 February 2019

San Mateo, California, United States

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After realizing a gap at the intersection of mental health care and emergency responders, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has formed a partnership with the county Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and crea...

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Rhitu Chatterjee

Rebecca Davis

13 February 2019

Salem, Oregon, United States

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When a teenager at a high school in Salem, Oregon began expressing threatening sentiments online, the community stepped in to help rather than punish the student. Through assessing the threat and then partnering him w...

Albuquerque Journal

Ryan Boetel

11 February 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Albuquerque Police Department is rolling out a new program that aims to get people the help they need rather than place them in jail where they are likely to relapse. Similar to programs already working in other s...

The Christian Science Monitor

Leslie Roberts

8 February 2019

Maiduguri, Nigeria

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The Neem Foundation brings intensive counseling and 1-on-1 therapy to survivors who escaped the horrific violence of Boko Haram, a terrorist group in northeastern Nigeria. With months of aid and tough conversations, t...

Deseret News

Annie Knox

2 February 2019

Nephi, Utah, United States

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In 2016, the state of Utah took control over the funding model for individual county's legal defenders in order to better use resources. Thanks to the restructuring, in just a year, counties have seen noticeable incre...

Government Technology

Zack Quaintance

1 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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To tackle the backlog of untested sexual assault kits, police agencies in Portland, Oregon collaborated with the Portland Bureau of Technology Services to create a tracking system for the kits, leading to a decrease i...

The Christian Science Monitor

Sarita Santoshini

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31 January 2019

West Bengal, India

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In India, survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are joining together to form support groups that aim to change community perspectives around prevention and rehabilitation efforts for young women. Not ...

KSHB

Kevin Holmes

31 January 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Parts of Kansas City were once regarded as high-crime areas, but thanks to a change in police practices, those crime rates have significantly decreased. Using a form of proactive policing that has officers on foot pat...

The Buffalo News

Maki Becker

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24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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A rise in gun violence has lead the Buffalo, New York police department to change the way they respond to homicides. By forming a new unit that responds only to failed attempts at homicide, the department is now able ...

The Boston Globe

John R. Ellement

16 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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After a successful test run, Massachusetts residents can now text 911 in the event of an emergency where it's too dangerous to call. Although there are limitations this approach, known as the Next Generation 911 syste...

INDY Week

Sarah Willets

15 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham County relieved hundreds of outstanding traffic fines in an effort to restore suspended driver's licenses. The program, called Durham Expungement and Restoration (DEAR), "identified more than 11,000 people elig...

GovInsider

Varissara Charassangsomboon

11 January 2019

Singapore

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The Digitalisation of Inmate Rehabilitation & Corrections Tool (DIRECT) project gives inmates in Singapore tablets to communicate with family members and access e-learning resources. Similar initiatives have been show...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

10 January 2019

Boulder, United States

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Having your identity stolen, especially a social security number, is frightening and can have far reaching consequences for everyone involved; while some of the people who commit identity theft have malicious intents,...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

8 January 2019

Netherlands

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Dutch public transportations are trying some innovative techniques to cut down on fare-evaders, emphasizing that consequences for those evading fares should not just impose fines but convince them to become ticket buy...

Ensia

Dave Levitan

2 January 2019

United States

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Climate change is proving to have a significant impact on more than just the weather. From an influx of diseases due to more natural disasters to extreme heat, climate change is taking a toll on the health of many wor...

CNN

Bill Kirkos

1 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Data-driven policing, higher rates of gun seizures, increased hiring and a focus on improving community trust have positively impacted Chicago police. For second year in a row, the city saw a drop in murder rates, sho...

SF Chronicle

Dominic Fracassa

30 December 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Reformed prisoners are finding a way to contribute their skills to society by monitoring public restrooms in high-risk areas throughout San Francisco. Thanks to a partnership between Public Works Department and Hunter...

Coloradoan

Saja Hindi

27 December 2018

Larimer County, Colorado, United States

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Mobile fingerprint scanners are proving to be a useful asset to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office in Northern Colorado. From confirming the identity of those without their license to identifying a dead body, this te...

KSHB

Kevin Holmes

27 December 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City Municipal Court deals with over 40,000 cases of domestic violence per year, but the implementation of a compliance docket aims to reduce how many of those offenders come back to court. By forming a relatio...

News-Decoder

Priyanka Mogul

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26 December 2018

Mumbai, India

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Indian women have turned to smartphone apps like Safecity to help protect them from sexual violence. These apps use a combination of geo tracking and crowd-sourced stories to illuminate patterns of abuse in certain lo...

ProPublica

Molly Parker

Patrick Johnson

21 December 2018

Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

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Consultants have helped public housing pass safety and health inspections by covering up serious issues with temporary walls and cosmetic fixes. “The biggest reason why most properties don’t pass,” says one consultant...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

Manuel Villa

21 December 2018

California, United States

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent and hit a decades-old low. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts saimed at decreasing arrest tim...

Pacific Standard

Shelby Pope

17 December 2018

Alabama, United States

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The Bunk Police sell kits that test the content of drugs—such as LSD and MDA—providing an effective way for people to ensure they are not taking potentially harmful synthetics. While studies show that these kits provi...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In times of political gridlock, individuals have stepped up to make meaningful changes in their communities, with their solutions inspiring others around the world. From ground-up political action that decreased gerry...

The Christian Science Monitor

John Colin Marston

10 December 2018

United States

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, ...

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