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Sam Evans-Brown

13 June 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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In order to get the U.S. government to take action on climate change, 30 environmental groups and 12 state governments joined forces to sue the Environmental Protection Agency arguing that it was required to regulate ...

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Alessandra Bergamin

9 January 2020

Pisco, Peru

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Microjustice4All, an international legal empowerment organization, provides people in vulnerable communities with legal aid, especially after environmental crises. Another global organization, Namati, trains local par...

NPR

Hannah Allam

Marisa Peñaloza

28 May 2019

Durham, New Hampshire, United States

Radio

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In Durham, New Hampshire, police officers have been undergoing training on their state’s hate crime laws and how to prevent such crimes from occurring. The workshops are organized by two advocacy groups, and while the...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

27 March 2019

Klamath, California, United States

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Across the country, tribal courts are seeking to break the cycle of recidivism and instead focus their efforts on rehabilitation and community. Judge Abinanti’s Yurok Tribal Court in California applies traditional Yur...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

21 December 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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An initiative in St. Petersburg has reduced the number of vacant houses while increasing access to affordable housing. The city takes ownership of vacant lots and abandoned homes, then sells the properties to affordab...

The New York Times

Tacey Rychter

22 October 2018

Australia

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Australia maintains a high voter turnout by making voting both easy and mandatory. Election day is always on a Saturday, and community groups host barbeques to mark the occasion. If an eligible voter still doesn’t cas...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

11 October 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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With tourism on the rise, governments are figuring out how to limit overcrowding and environmental damage. Replicable ideas include marketing beaches and other attractions off the beaten path, regulating hotels and va...

Apolitical

Burton Bollag

7 September 2018

Wales

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Wales is the first country in the world to recognize playtime as a children’s right. Local authorities must access and promote playtime opportunities for children in their area. Sometimes, this means simply removing “...

The Washington Post

Keith Alexander

6 September 2018

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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The Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act was passed is a D.C. law that allows people who commited a crime before the age of 18 to have their sentences reduced if they’ve served at least 20 years in prison. The law wa...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alex Braden

29 August 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Know how to register to vote? In St. Paul, your landlord is required to tell you. The city passed the ordinance to keep voter turnout high as the number of renters grew.

The New York Times

Su-Hyun Lee

Tiffany May

28 July 2018

South Korea

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To change its culture of overwork, South Korea passed a law capping the workweek at 52 hours for many employees. The move follows the introduction of the five-day workweek in 2004. Young people are especially supporti...

CityLab

Nolan Gray

26 July 2018

United States

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Manufactured housing—including trailer homes and tiny houses—is a low-cost, small-footprint way to increase affordable housing. However, strict zoning requirements and even outright bans limit its impact.

Governing

Mattie Quinn

24 July 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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With vehicular homelessness on the rise along the West Coast, safe parking programs provide much-needed privacy and a sense of community. San Diego and Santa Barbara are models.

Apolitical

Natalie Holmes

2 July 2018

Germany

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The early impact of Germany’s wage transparency law has been limited because it only applies to large companies and, while it permits an employee to inquire whether she is paid differently than her male colleagues, sh...

Governing

Daniel C. Vock

13 June 2018

Maine, United States

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After trying ranked-choice voting, citizens in Maine decided to keep the system, even fighting court battles on the issue. The system allows voters to rank candidates running for an office from most desirable to least...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

1 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Writing laws to be machine-readable could have huge payoffs. San Francisco is designing a computer program to read through the city’s prosecution records and automatically downgrade applicable marijuana possession con...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

11 May 2018

Wellington, New Zealand

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Legislation is currently written in such a way that it often takes a lawyer to interpret how policies are supposed to work. What if laws were written to be machine-readable instead? A team in New Zealand rewrote two l...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Bill Myers

18 April 2018

Dixon, Illinois, United States

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Dixon is the second police department in the United States to stop jailing drug addicts and start helping them check into rehab centers instead. “We’re changing the way law enforcement views addiction — to see it as a...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

17 April 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco’s Department on the Status of Women has pushed gender sensitivity in policymaking since 1975. As a result, the city leads the nation in paid parental leave, lactation support, and rights to flexible work...

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Olivera Perkins

15 April 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Laws against wage theft can be effective if enforced. The probability of violations decreased in Ohio during a 13-month period of full enforcement, but rose again after the enforcement policy changed.

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Manisera

23 March 2018

Baghdad, Iraq

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The Shahrazad Center in Baghdad offers workshops and free legal services to women experiencing domestic abuse, violence, threats and gender-based discrimination. Lawyer Rajaa Abd Ali says, “Here we teach women their r...

The Guardian

Joe Dodgshun

7 March 2018

Berlin, Germany

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At the world’s most popular sites, innovations in tourism management can benefit both visitors and residents. Marketing efforts in Iceland are successfully distributing tourists all over the country throughout the yea...

The Local

Lee Roden

28 February 2018

Sweden

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Sweden confiscated thousands of explosive items within months of changing customs laws. The move, along with an amnesty program, are efforts to combat a seeming rise in grenade use by criminal gangs.

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

22 January 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A new ordinance in Chicago requires hotels to give panic buttons to employees working in rooms alone. 58 percent of the city’s hotel workers report having experienced flashing, groping, and other forms of sexual haras...

The Guardian

Gabriela Jones

Lucy Lamble

8 November 2017

Colombia

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The rights of victims are at the center of Colombia’s peace agreement. These rights include those to reparations, justice, non-repetition, and truth. This choice - as well as investment in education, health, infrastru...

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