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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 ...

Reuters

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...

The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

11 February 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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Around the United States, news organizations are taking a new approach to the use of mugshots in their crime reporting. While still the norm in many places, newsrooms like the Houston Chronicle have stopped publishing...

The Connecticut Mirror

Kelan Lyons

10 February 2020

Connecticut, United States

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Since 2007, Connecticut has taken major steps in juvenile justice reform – namely, the ages that youth are arrested or charged as adults. By moving 16 and 17 year olds out of the adult system and into the juvenile jus...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

28 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia’s Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) offers support for youth experiencing incarceration. Funded by personal donations and grants, they offer art workshops and classes on how to navigate the just...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

16 January 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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At the Motus Theater, formerly incarcerated individuals participate in JustUs – a performative program that gives them the space to share their stories. The Boulder-based program aims to complicate the narrative of th...

Ensia

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...

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff

5 December 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The way in which Kentucky’s Louisville Metro Police Department handles rape cases has come into question. The department’s low level of cases being brought to trial is because of the extra step police officers take: c...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

18 November 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Following an ACLU-led civil-rights lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Department of Correction has implemented huge changes to the treatment of death row inmates. In prisons across the state, individuals who have been sentence...

Oklahoma Watch

Whitney Bryen

8 November 2019

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has given judges the option to allow victims of abuse to testify via video rather than in person. When victims must testify in person, they may suffer re-traumatization or might simply not s...

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Mark Oprea

5 November 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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A Cleveland judge took unilateral action to reduce the population of the overcrowded county jail, refusing to set high bail bonds for people charged in his court with nonviolent offenses. The countywide system has res...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

30 October 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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In such a divided country, many groups from lawmakers to advocacy groups are finding rare bipartisan cooperation around the issue of criminal justice reform. Two congressional representatives, one Republican and one D...

WFAE

Mary Newsom

30 September 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County, they’ve allocated funding for tenants to have access to free legal aid, provided by Legal Aid of North Carolina, in their eviction cases. With eviction often being the start of ...

70 Million

Jenny Casas

9 September 2019

West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

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In Palm Beach County, an automated system sends text-message reminders, instead of just postal mail notices, to people with upcoming court dates. About 14% of those jailed in the county were there on warrants for fail...

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