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WPVI-TV

Tamala Edwards

6 December 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's LandCare program has cleaned and greened 12,000 vacant lots, removing trash and other signs of blight. A study showed that the program led to a large drop in violent crime in the cleaned-up areas. A U P...

The New York Times

Dana Goldstein

2 December 2021

Oxford, Michigan, United States

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Students at Oxford High School in Michigan, the scene of a mass shooting on Nov. 30, credit their active-shooter training with saving lives. But experts on school safety say some of the lessons taught in the training ...

Kouvenda Media

Emily Previti

Stephanie Marudas

2 December 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The city lot where Sanctuary Farm now grows vegetables that it distributes free to the community once was strewn with trash and drug paraphernalia, hardly a hospitable place for the neighborhood kids who played in it....

The Washington Post Magazine

Ted Alcorn

30 November 2021

Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States

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Since 2018, Judge Jason Lidyard of Rio Arriba County, N.M., has forged a new model for a drug court. Instead of demanding abstinence from drugs as the price to stay out of jail, Lidyard uses respect and personal relat...

The Current (Georgia)

Margaret Coker

30 November 2021

Glynn County, Georgia, United States

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The murder of Ahmaud Arbery sparked nationwide rage, but the people most affected by local racism felt it most keenly. A Better Glynn formed to seek reforms in Glynn County law enforcement after years of status-quo ra...

Twin Cities Pioneer Press

Mara H. Gottfried

28 November 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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When St. Paul police studied controversial cases in which officers used physical force, they found troubling examples that were products of the training given to officers. So they began training new and veteran office...

The Boston Globe

Dan Adams

28 November 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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In 2018, Massachusetts legislators passed a law allowing people with certain lower-level criminal records to seal the records or expunge convictions altogether. The law was meant to remove the burden that a criminal r...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Helen Ubiñas

22 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The group Moms Bonded By Grief went beyond the support-group work it has done for years for survivors of gun violence homicide victims to take 50 children and their mothers and grandmothers to a Poconos Mountains wate...

Wall Street Journal

Zusha Elinson

Dan Frosch

15 November 2021

San Diego, California, United States

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Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., have added red-flag laws in recent years. Also called extreme risk protection orders, or temporary risk protection orders, the laws give police and the public a way to seek a cour...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

12 November 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque established a new city department, Albuquerque Community Safety, that handles some of the 200,000 calls to 911 every year for a range of low-level, non-violent problems that don't require a police response...

KXAN-TV

Kevin Clark

11 November 2021

Arlington, Virginia, United States

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Arlington police and its entertainment-district bars and restaurants addressed rising violence and other crime by collaborating to prevent crime rather than banking on police alone to solve it through more arrests. Wh...

KSAT-TV

Patty Santos

10 November 2021

Richmond, California, United States

Broadcast TV News

3-5 Minutes

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Richmond's Operation Peacemaker Fellowship pair mentors with young people at risk of violence, paying the youth a stipend if they meet particular goals toward a more stable and safe life. The mentors are former gang m...

The Kansas City Star

Hurubie Meko

10 November 2021

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Aim4Peace is the city of Kansas City's violence prevention program using the Cure Violence model of "violence interrupters" to mediate disputes before they turn deadly. Founded 12 years ago, the program's fairly robus...

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

Deena Zaru

9 November 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Programs like UCAN Chicago use "violence interrupters" to mediate disputes before they turn violent and to connect people at risk of violence to the services that will give them a chance at a more stable, peaceful lif...

Wired

Maytal Eyal

4 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Truce is a mobile app that lets people in crisis ask for help from volunteer conflict mediators without involving the police. The app connects people to social services and to volunteers who can help ensure tha...

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Jenee Darden

1 November 2021

Oakland, California, United States

Podcast

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Until Oakland joins the list of cities sending counselors and social workers on emergency calls concerning mental health crises, a grassroots program called Mental Health First is diverting a small number of emergenci...

WBEZ

Patrick Smith

1 November 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Radio

5-15 Minutes

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Chicago is home to multiple street-outreach programs that target the people most likely to be shot or to shoot others, and that provide them with social services that keep them and others in their network safe. Progra...

What's Next Magazine

Michael Hovde

1 November 2021

United States

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DontCallThePolice.com went online at the height of the 2020 social justice protests to give people a list of resources when they need help and might otherwise default to calling the police. The site is a directory of ...

WKMG-TV

Erik Sandoval

29 October 2021

Orlando, Florida, United States

Broadcast TV News

3-5 Minutes

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Orange County, Florida, courts have ordered thousands of mental-competency hearings in recent years to test whether criminal defendants are mentally capable of facing charges. If they are not, they get released, leavi...

The Washington Post

Heather Kelly

28 October 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Bluetooth-enabled tracking devices were designed to find lost purses and key rings. But the devices, sold under such names as Tile, AirTag, and Chipolo, also can be used to find stolen cars, bikes, or other valuables....

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Jim Saska

28 October 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Violence Intervention Program at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center counsels victims of violence and links them to needed social services to try to keep them safe from future injury. Such hospital-based trauma care i...

Wall Street Journal

Zusha Elinson

27 October 2021

Fresno, California, United States

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Advance Peace Fresno tries to turn youth away from violence through mentoring, job training, and by paying them a monthly stipend of up to $1,000 if they hit certain benchmarks in their rehabilitation. The program has...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Mark Wiebe

Hunter Funk

27 October 2021

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Since the early 2000s, when its overcrowded jail led to a decision to jail fewer people instead of adding more cells, Bexar County, Texas, has provided comprehensive help to people likely to end up jailed if social an...

WURD

Peak Johnson

25 October 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Radio

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Healing Hurt People helps the survivors of gun violence and other assaults starting bedside in hospitals and continuing during a patient's recovery. The group, partnering with other services providers, treats mental t...

Cincinnati Enquirer

Cameron Knight

25 October 2021

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Dvert is a partnership between Cincinnati police and Women Helping Women, a social services agency that puts domestic-violence survivors in touch with an advocate from the moment they report abuse. Advocates can provi...

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