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The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

20 December 2021

Livingston, Texas, United States

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At Texas’ Polunsky Unit, 106.5FM The Tank is a prison radio station run by and for the prison's incarcerated men, including nearly 200 on death row for whom the radio's shows form "a community center for men who can n...

NBC News

Emily R. Siegel

Hannah Rappleye

Stephanie Gosk

19 December 2021

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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In Burlington, a city of progressive politics with a police department long seen as forward-looking, city leaders' decision in June 2020 to respond to social-justice protests by cutting the police force by 30% has bac...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

16 December 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Modeled on a long-running and successful program in Oakland, Philadelphia schools' Relationships First program uses restorative justice to reform school discipline. The program follows a three-step approach to changin...

The New Arab

Carla Rosch

2 December 2021

United Kingdom

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Community buy-in for refugee resettlement is providing a legal avenue for those seeking asylum. Local groups across the UK have come together with the intention of helping refugees get settled. The groups raise money ...

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 New York Times

Sarah Trent

15 November 2021

Philippines

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In the environmental sector there is still rampant sexism, women find it difficult to enter leadership positions and face discrimination, according to a six-author study. However, the study also shows that when women ...

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...

70 Million

Jenee Darden

1 November 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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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...

The National

Hendia Alashepy

29 October 2021

Libya

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Libya’s Electoral Outreach Ambassadors program aims to increase women’s trust in the political process and register new voters. The female ambassadors are experienced in civil society participation but are not affilia...

Planet Detroit

Nina Ignaczak

27 October 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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WeSolar makes solar power accessible to low-income residents by building and investing in community-solar farms and signing residents up for credits from investor-owned utilities. The startup, the first community sola...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Justin Murphy

19 October 2021

Rochester, New York, United States

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During the 2020 social justice protests, Rochester city school leaders quickly acted to remove police officers from the schools. A long-time goal of school-discipline reformers, ending the use of school resource offic...

The New York Times

Julie Turkewitz

18 October 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Bogotá’s city government started the Calm Line to give men a way to connect by telephone with psychologists trained in therapeutic responses to the machismo that leads to gender-based violence. Despite doubts that Col...

The Washington Post

Kimberly Kindy

7 October 2021

Colorado, United States

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Fifteen months after Colorado became the first state to strip law enforcement officers of their legal immunity from civil lawsuits for misconduct on the job, only one lawsuit has been filed over a notorious incident a...

Belt Magazine

Randiah Green

7 October 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Programs like Motor City Match and Grown in Detroit help entrepreneurs launch Black-owned food businesses in Detroit. The businesses sell healthy foods in neighborhoods often lacking in nutritious options or in the in...

NBC News

Simone Weichselbaum

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Andrew Blankstein

7 October 2021

Virginia, United States

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A new Virginia law restricts when the police can stop motorists, limiting the chances for inequitable law enforcement. Barred from stopping vehicles based on minor infractions like a broken taillight, police in the fi...

QNotes

Tonya Jameson

1 October 2021

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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Black members of the LGBTQ community have benefitted from the wraparound services provided by Metro Inclusive Health. The nonprofit provides a model to nonprofits in Charlotte that are looking for a roadmap to provide...

Boulder Weekly

Jodi Hausen

30 September 2021

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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Although several Colorado law enforcement agencies have trained officers on how to de-escalate interactions with people in a crisis, including people with disabilities, the state in 2022 will become the latest to mand...

Los Angeles Times

Evan Halper

29 September 2021

California, United States

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A 2018 law requires all publicly traded companies headquartered in California have at least one woman on their board, and as many as three women by the end of 2021 depending on the company’s size. The law, inspired by...

Prism

Umme Hoque

29 September 2021

California, United States

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A new California law makes universal mail-in voting permanent after it was temporarily adopted for the 2020 election in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Expansion of mail-in voting in 2020 resulted in higher vote...

Respekt

Tomáš Lindner

21 June 2015

Geisenhausen, Bavaria, Germany

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Česko odmítá uprchlické kvóty. Místní politici říkají, že společnost není na příchod a integraci utečenců připravená. Budují v lidech strach z toho, že migrace rozvátí zemi. Zcela odlišný obraz uprchlické krize nabízí...

HumAngle

Abiodun Jamiu

23 September 2021

Sokoto, Nigeria

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Rashida Muhammad and Co. is a small law firm in Nigeria's northwest states that gives free representation to women and girls who have been victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Despite harsh laws on the books, ...

The Cut

Melissa Jeltsen

22 September 2021

Moab, Utah, United States

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The case of Gabby Petito illustrates how decades-old laws meant to make police take domestic violence more seriously can backfire on the people who most need protection. Mandatory-arrest laws require police responding...

The Colorado Sun

Fran Kritz

22 September 2021

Colorado, United States

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The Grace Upon Grace Project seeks to address period poverty – the inability of people who menstruate to afford sanitary supplies – by providing free access to tampons and pads. The organization hosts a monthly free p...

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