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The Montgomery Advertiser

Rikha Sharma Rani

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7 March 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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Human trafficking has become an increasingly prevalent problem, especially in states such as Florida that host a large tourist population. To better serve the victims, Miami-Dade County has created a trauma-focused co...

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...

Pacific Standard

Katia Savchuk

1 February 2019

New York, United States

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Algorithm-based tools are more frequently being used by courts to determine the risk of an alleged offender so judges can better determine whether the person should be detained or not before trial. Although this metho...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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24 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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For social service agencies, prioritizing well-being requires new procedures and a framework for understanding holistic wellness. The Full Frame Initiative has partnered with agencies in the states of Massachusetts an...

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...

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...

Detroit Free Press

Georgea Kovanis

7 December 2018

Macomb, Michigan, United States

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At a Michigan county drug court, intense scrutiny and personalized attention for people in recovery - instead of jail time - is an approach with great promise. This in-depth look at the journey of people in the progra...

Model D

Aaron Mondry

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20 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Street Outreach Court Detroit is a collaboration between the courts and service providers to waive legal and financial obligations post-conviction if a person makes a commitment to an individualized action plan. These...

CityLab

Brentin Mock

8 November 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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An amendment passed in Louisiana does away with non-unanimous jury verdicts that have helped solidify racial discrimination in the criminal justice system since they were implemented in response to Reconstruction. Dat...

The New Yorker

Sarah Stillman

5 November 2018

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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As incarceration rates of women in America continue to rise, Still She Rises, a project of the Bronx defenders, uses a holistic approach to legal defense for incarcerated mothers in Tulsa, OK. Attorneys for the organi...

South Florida Media Network

Maria Serrano

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17 October 2018

New York, United States

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Esparanza, a non-profit located in New York, provides comprehensive services for teenagers who are in the justice system. The intensive family counseling has been a successful alternative to incarceration since 2002, ...

Deseret News

K. Sophie Will

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15 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Washington State is using behavioral science and kinder, more compassionate communications to help encourage full payment of child-support from non-custodial parents. With their efforts, including friendlier communica...

WESA

Annette John-Hall

5 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, the participatory defense program helps people learn how to present themselves in a criminal case in a way that gives a more complete picture of who they are. They write a biography, get letters of su...

CityLab

Hallie Golden

21 September 2018

Redmond, Washington, United States

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Community courts around the country, like the one in Redmond, Washington, are replacing punitive versions of the justice system with a process that emphasizes assistance and personal growth for minor offenses. Partici...

NationSwell

Hallie Steiner

14 September 2018

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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After her neighbor was incarcerated, a Delaware teenager and her brother began supporting youth coming out of detention with clothes, school supplies and other items. Their nonprofit grew and was so successful in rais...

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Anna-Cat Brigida

11 September 2018

El Salvador

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El Salvador joins other countries and states who are creating specialized tribunals for gender-based crimes. The court focuses on 11 crimes “femicide, diffusion of porn (as in revenge porn), and three forms of economi...

The Crime Report

Megan Hadley

5 September 2018

United States

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The number of youth confined in U.S. detention facilities has dropped by nearly half since 1997, saving money and reducing recidivism. A report by the Justice Policy Institute says this has made communities safer, but...

Pacific Standard

Arvind Dilawar

4 September 2018

New Zealand

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New Zealand introduced restorative justice practices for juveniles in their criminal justice system after incredibly high rates of child incarceration and an over-representation of minorities. The practice, in places ...

PBS NewsHour

Frank Carlson

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31 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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After years of being the incarceration capital of America, Louisiana began changing its laws in 2017 to cut the number of people in prison, prompting a drop of seven percent in the prison population and savings of $12...

NPR

Joel Rose

Keith Romer

29 August 2018

New Jersey, United States

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Although California has become the first state to eliminate the cash bail system, New Jersey has been using an algorithm for the last 18 months to combat the economic injustice created by the system. This bail reform,...

San Francisco Public Press

Andrew Stelzer

27 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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In Madison, Wisconsin, encouraging mediation and dispute-resolution between tenants and landlords has helped to limit evictions and San Francisco is looking to scale the model. Mediation helps build a relationship bet...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

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17 August 2018

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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In order to address child abuse and neglect community members got together to form: R.O.C.K Mat Su, a collaborative organization composed of several organizations that has “teamed up with government agencies, schools ...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

2 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice sets itself apart by offering a blended learning curriculum to students. The district's superintendent sees immense benefits to the split schedule and online learning compon...

The Marshall Project

Ivan Roman

1 August 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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Austin moved away from its teen curfew, bucking the trend in many other cities where such laws are longstanding and efforts to remove them often meet resistance. That is despite data showing they do not reduce juvenil...

The Tennessean

Anita Wadhwani

28 July 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Non-violent offenders arrested during mental health episodes in Davidson County are sent to Mental Health Court rather than criminal court. Through this court, they are connected to safety net services such as housing...

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