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Associated Press

Martha Bellisle

21 October 2021

United States

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A growing number of prosecutors compile lists of police officers deemed untrustworthy witnesses, information they disclose to defense lawyers to prevent unjust criminal convictions. Called "Brady lists" or "do not cal...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Patrick Sisson

13 September 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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The nationwide nonprofit Partners for Justice aids public defender offices and their clients, helping to close gaps that can turn into unfair outcomes in criminal cases and repeated failures guaranteeing incarceration...

The New York Times

Andy Newman

17 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Stay-away orders are a tool New York judges can use to protect victims from their abusers even before accusations get scrutinized in court. They grew out of a reform movement that urged police and prosecutors to take ...

Associated Press

Aaron Morrison

4 May 2021

United States

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Since 2018, The Bail Project has turned $41 million in donated money into cash bail to free more than 15,500 people in dozens of cities from pretrial detention. The project grew out of the work of Bronx Defenders, whi...

The Appeal

Katie Jane Fernelius

21 April 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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In his first months as the New Orleans district attorney, Jason Williams has pushed a prosecution-reform agenda that not only limits who gets sent to prison on the front end, but also takes a backward look at who shou...

The Atlantic

Eric Scigliano

13 April 2021

United States

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When the pandemic shut courthouses, millions of court hearings and even trials moved online to keep the system operating. That shift is becoming permanent, at least for minor, routine proceedings. There are many reaso...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

16 March 2021

Illinois, United States

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The Women and Survivors Project provides legal representation to women imprisoned for crimes that stemmed from histories of abuse. Nearly all incarcerated women have suffered violent abuse. Many end up punished for fi...

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Cinnamon Janzer

5 March 2021

California, United States

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After California legalized marijuana, it offered people a way to erase their marijuana-related criminal records. But few tried, in part because the process was difficult. Code for America's Clear My Record initiative ...

Poughkeepsie Journal

Saba Ali

3 March 2021

Kingston, New York, United States

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An early-intervention program targets people suspected of domestic violence with services meant to end the abuse through deterrence and counseling rather than after-the-fact punishment. In Kingston, New York, the Inti...

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Roshan Abraham

27 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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A new law in Michigan will automatically expunge misdemeanors and felonies after several years, making it easier to find employment for those who have a record. The automatic nature of the expungement removes the barr...

The New York Times

Troy Closson

27 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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On her first day as district attorney of Queens, Melinda Katz created a unit to review potential wrongful convictions that in its first year has exonerated four men and has 80 more cases under review. The Queens DA's ...

The Washington Post

Nora Caplan-Bricker

27 January 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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51 for 51 is an advocacy group fighting for DC statehood by educating people about DC residents’ taxation without representation and training advocates in other states, mostly young people, to lobby their senators to ...

The Seattle Times

Manuel Villa

Nina Shapiro

3 January 2021

Washington, United States

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Nearly three decades after Washington voters made their state the first to enact a three-strikes law, imposing life imprisonment for repeated, serious offenses, some prosecutors have found ways to avoid the law's effe...

70 Million

Renata Sago

16 November 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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The spread of COVID-19 in jails prompted many releases from custody and a surge in donations to bail funds that pay for people's release. But those fixes have done little to address the underlying challenges of detain...

The Baltimore Sun

Ben Leonard

23 October 2020

Maryland, United States

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Two years after Maryland adopted a law allowing for court orders denying gun access to people at high risk of harming themselves or others, police and the public have invoked the law far more often than in most states...

New York Focus

Akash V. Mehta

12 October 2020

New York, New York, United States

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A key part of New York state's bail system reform legislation gave judges the ability to use alternative forms of bail designed to be more affordable to more people. But, by giving judges broad discretion, the law lef...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Vinny Vella

17 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia criminal trials were broadcast live on a public YouTube channel to provide for public access to the courts during the pandemic shutdown, but the practice was halted over a complaint by prosecutors that th...

Texas Tribune

Jolie McCullough

3 September 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Releasing tens of thousands more misdemeanor defendants from jail without requiring cash bail had no measurable effect on crime rates in Texas' most populous county. To settle a lawsuit that claimed cash bail unconsti...

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...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

20 July 2020

United States

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Traditional police interrogation tactics that emphasize invading someone’s personal space to increase anxiety, read body language, and prompt confessions have had to undergo changes during the pandemic, some of which ...

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John Shiffman

Michael Berens

14 July 2020

Arkansas, United States

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Arkansas’ judicial oversight agency has the staffing and persistence to hold bad judges accountable in ways that counter a nationwide pattern of weak enforcement and judicial impunity. The Arkansas Judicial Discipline...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

16 June 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Nonprofit bail funds, which use donated money to pay the bail of low-income people held in jail on pending charges, have won the release of about 55 people in Detroit during the COVID-19 crisis. Beyond the immediate n...

Wall Street Journal

Yaroslav Trofimov

13 June 2020

Ukraine

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Georgia and Ukraine offer cautionary advice to Americans whose mass protests seek structural changes in policing, even abolishing entire police forces. The same was true in those two countries. But, in both cases, ini...

KXAN-TV

Arezow Doost

17 May 2020

Travis County, Texas, United States

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In Texas’ Travis County, a mental health court is helping divert people out of the criminal justice system and into treatment and outpatient programs. The collaborative process gives individuals the opportunity for re...

KXAN-TV

David Barer

17 May 2020

Texas, United States

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In Texas, legislators and advocates are working to address mental health concerns for individuals entering or in the criminal justice system. For those already in jail, telepsychiatry is being offered to help rehabili...

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