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The New York Times

Abby Goodnough

25 November 2018

Dayton, United States

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Fatal overdoses in Dayton, Ohio have fallen 50% in the past year. The city's success is a combination of multiple factors, including cooperation between health workers and police agencies, widespread availability of N...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

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14 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Scoop and Run is a police practice that has saved lives. During a “scoop and run” police take gunshot or stab wound victims to the emergency room instead of waiting for an ambulance. Philadelphia is the only city, amo...

Washington Post

Wesley Lowery

Steven Rich

9 November 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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Sacramento is implementing a program developed in 2011 in Richmond, Calif., that showed success curtailing gun violence among young men caught up in gangs or potential shootings. They get numerous social services and ...

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gustavo Solis

29 October 2018

Chula Vista, United States

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Police in Chula Vista, Calif., are using drones to respond to some emergency calls as part of a pilot program between the Federal Aviation Administration, Chula Vista and the city of San Diego. It’s an idea from Ensen...

Washington Post

Karla Adam

27 October 2018

Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow used to be known as the murder capital of Europe. But police began tackling crime as a public health issue and partnered with doctors, social workers and educators, while also increasing stops and searches of ...

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Hannah Albarazi

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25 October 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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In San Francisco, a law that offers amnesty to sex workers who report violent crimes to police is designed to save lives and reduce crime overall in the city. It comes as the city’s police department faces a massive p...

Appleton Post-Crescent

Jen Zettel

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25 October 2018

Wisconsin, United States

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The murder of a woman in Wisconsin highlights a lethality assessment tool for law enforcement to use that’s designed to help domestic victims and authorities understand how much danger victims might be in and help pol...

Gimlet Media

PJ Vogt

12 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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CompStat seemed like a miracle of technology and data when it was rolled out in New York City in the 1990s. Crime dropped as police leadership demanded precincts report every crime and what they were doing about it at...

Gimlet Media

PJ Vogt

11 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The creation of CompStat fostered a huge drop in crime rates in New York City by the 1990s. The idea came from an odd and obsessive transit cop was to track every single crime daily in every precinct and use that data...

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Deborah Bonello

2 October 2018

Honduras

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Honduras had the worst homicide rate in the world in 2012 but since then it has drastically reduced those numbers. President Juan Orlando Hernández has focused on dismantling the country's gangs by replacing one main ...

Apolitical

Edward Siddons

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28 September 2018

United States

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Public health approaches to violence, in which different sectors and agencies treat it as a contagious disease, has gained support across the world and has taken many forms. This approach relies on data collection to ...

BBC

Rachel Nuwer

27 September 2018

Zimbabwe

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Akashinga translates to "the Brave Ones," and is the name given to an all women anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe. Although not the first anti-poaching group lead by women, it is the first armed unit. However, since it's...

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gustavo Solis

30 August 2018

Ensenada, Mexico

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Police in Ensenada, Mexico, have been using drones since October 2017 and it has led to more than 500 arrests and a 10 percent drop in crime. The drones have fostered faster response times and help police decide how t...

Apolitical

Edward Siddons

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23 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A new online tool developed by researchers at New York University offers more current data on homicides for the 80 largest cities in the United States than annual reports by the FBI. The tool offers a more realistic p...

The Trace

Ann Givens

14 August 2018

California, United States

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The Contra Costa Police Department crime lab has accelerated processing ballistics evidence through a national database that works like fingerprints for guns. The result has been connecting gun violence incidents more...

The Christian Science Monitor

Nissa Rhee

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago has seen a decline in violence, and one neighborhood in particular has led the way, nearly halving its shootings and homicides. Police in Englewood have changed how they work with the community and where they ...

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 Intercept

Ryan Devereaux

23 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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In order to understand and end legal and extralegal ways the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency terrorizes immigrant communities it is essential to understand where and how ICE raids are happening. ICEWatch is...

Washington Post

Nathaniel Morris

23 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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More cities like Albuquerque and Louisville, are implementing programs that pair the resources of mental health professionals like psychiatrists with police departments to help officers deal more effectively, and less...

BBC

Luis Fajardo

18 July 2018

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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To attract foreign investment, Honduras is creating privatized cities with Western-style laws and foreign judges. The development initiative is bringing in money and creating jobs, but the enclaves are tailored to ple...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

16 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Police in New York already use algorithms to fight crime and now they have turned to a tech startup that uses algorithms to gauge trust levels towards citizens. The so-called “sentiment meter” is meant to address wher...

The Marshall Project

Eddie Roth

13 July 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Under a large grant St. Louis County is working to reduce jail confinements in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting, following several national models. There is also progress toward reducing fines and fees for ...

Washington Post

Dan Simmons

7 July 2018

Roseville, Minnesota, United States

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Drivers in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., who have equipment issues with their cars may get coupons to help them fix the problems at repair shops rather than a ticket. The Lights On program was created by a nonprofit af...

CityLab

Teresa Mathew

18 June 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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A Facebook messenger app allows people to record their interactions with police and include their own age, race and gender, location and how they felt about the incident, so that collectively these individual stories ...

Oregon Live

Gordon Friedman

18 June 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Four months after a law in Oregon took effect that allows removal of guns from people who could present a danger to themselves or others, residents used the law to seek the temporary removal of guns from about 30 peop...

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