NOT REGISTERED? REGISTER HERE
Hide Advanced Search - Show Advanced Search +

We found 157 results for:

Prison alternatives ×
Clear

Title
& Description

News Outlet
& Journalist

Date
& Location

MEDIA TYPE
& LENGTH

Granite State News Collaborative

Jordyn Haime

20 April 2021

New Hampshire, United States

Text

Over 3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

New Hampshire's 40-year-old system of diverting many juvenile prosecutions away from courts and incarceration, and into community-based restorative justice programs, has saved public money, lowered youth crime rates, ...

KALW

Andrew Stelzer

Sarah Shourd

14 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

Podcast

Over 15 Minutes

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Los Angeles County's Office of Diversion and Reentry has moved about 6,000 people out of jails and into programs providing mental health care, drug treatment, housing, and job training at a cost that is about one-fift...

Flint Beat

Amy Diaz

10 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A new Juvenile Justice Center that will focus on trauma-informed treatment of children rather than simply jailing them is still more than one year from completion. But, in the years leading to its opening, the county'...

The Intercept

Jordan Smith

26 November 2020

Tyler, Texas, United States

Text

Over 3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
2
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Crisis-intervention and de-escalation trainings for police were meant to reform the criminal justice system's handling of people suffering from mental illness. But a lack of rigorous standards in the training and use ...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

23 November 2020

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

The Richland County Community Alternative Center provides court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment in lieu of jail for people facing criminal charges related to their addiction. In 60-, 90-, or 120-day treatment terms...

The Register-Guard

Donny Morrison

Gina Scalpone

Zack Demars

5 September 2020

Oregon, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

As an alternative to traditional courts, community courts provide resources to those experiencing homelessness. Fines and jail time are often the punishment in traditional courts for those charged with trespassing or ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 August 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A nonprofit consulting firm, Prosecutor Impact, advances the cause of reducing incarceration and related reforms by helping reform-minded elected district attorneys confront one of the greatest obstacles to change: th...

Bangor Daily News

Judy Harrison

16 June 2020

Bangor, Maine, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Bangor drug court in Maine has turned to the use of Zoom to keep in contact with program participants during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although meeting via video call can disguise some physical symptoms of drug use, this...

Civil Eats

Christina Cooke

15 June 2020

Wagram, North Carolina, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

A former North Carolina prison has been reclaimed by the nonprofit Growing Change to teach sustainable farming to youth who otherwise might be doomed to their own prison terms without an effective intervention. The 9-...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

4 June 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Alamosa, Colorado, gives police officers the option of sending people to substance abuse treatment rather than straight into the criminal justice system. Used i...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

28 May 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Alamosa, Colorado has lowered its jail population and the number of felony cases and arrests, and has broken the cycle of repeat offending, by diverting people with drug problems from prosecution into treatment. The l...

The Atlantic

Beth Macy

1 May 2020

Batesville, Indiana, United States

Text

Over 3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

To close a gap in drug treatment that often denies help to people who end up jailed, a hospital employee schooled in the strong evidence of effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment cobbled together a program usi...

Underscore

Sergio Olmos

27 April 2020

Texas, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Specialty dockets are used in some states to provide extensive follow-up and supervision to help juveniles end gang affiliations. The enhanced supervision usually includes a curfew, frequent unannounced home visits, r...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

6 March 2020

Oakland, California, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Deanna Van Buren and her nonprofit firm Designing Justice/Designing Spaces use architecture to advance social justice and criminal-justice-reform ideas, designing workplaces, meeting places, and homes nationwide found...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

25 February 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Over the past 14 years, the city of Chicago has been running a Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) to help divert youth away from the criminal justice system. The goal of the program, which took a $5 milli...

The Connecticut Mirror

Kelan Lyons

10 February 2020

Connecticut, United States

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

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...

YR Media

Zari Tarazona

8 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Multi-Media

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Philadelphia has made a concerted effort toward reducing the number of youth being arrested in schools. Leadership, including the school police commissioner and district attorney, changed procedures so that youth, ins...

The Atlantic

Max Blau

31 December 2019

Washington, United States

Text

Over 3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Drug companies that market long-lasting psychiatric drugs have found new clientele in courtrooms and prisons, as a means to treat mental health issues for those that have been incarcerated. Although the practice of ta...

Columbia Missourian

Sarah Haselhorst

17 December 2019

Columbia, Missouri, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

In Boone County, Missouri the Habilitation Empowerment Accountability Therapy (HEAT) program offers young men an alternative to incarceration for drug-related offenses. The program works primarily with black men, many...

The Guardian

Senay Boztas

12 December 2019

Netherlands

Text

800-1500 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Providing care to individuals with psychiatric problems reduces the need for incarceration. With the help of a psychological rehabilitation program known as TBS, the Netherlands has shut entire prisons following a dec...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

30 October 2019

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

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...

News Beat

Michael Conforti

24 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

Podcast

Over 15 Minutes

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Prosecutors in Brooklyn and Bronx divert some violent crime cases away from traditional courts to a program called Common Justice, which gives victims a greater say in the outcome – an outcome chosen by 9 out of 10 vi...

The Marshall Project

Matt Daniels

24 October 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

In her first two and a half years in office as Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx lived up to her campaign pledge to prosecute fewer low-level crimes, divert drug cases to treatment, and focus more on gun violence. An...

WOSU

Paige Pfleger

26 September 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

Multi-Media

3-5 Minutes

ADD TO COLLECTION
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

Merging accountability with treatment promotes recovery for those charged with drug possession. In Franklin County, Ohio, the municipal court system operates a program called Helping Achieve Recovery Together. The cou...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

16 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

Text

1500-3000 Words

ADD TO COLLECTION
1
FAVORITE
VIEW STORY

New York has taken great strides in reforming their juvenile justice system, and key to that has been ensuring that those in the system receive ongoing support once they return to their communities. Organizations like...

I WORK IN, TEACH, OR STUDY JOURNALISM Not a journalist, but I want to learn about solutions.
AS A MEMBER, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Access our training curriculum or attend a training
  • Share your stories
  • Join a local community of journalists
  • Attend story workshops and events to hone your craft
  • Get funding and additional support
  • Access the full Solutions Story Tracker®
  • Save favorite stories and create collections in your user profile
  • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
TO JOIN, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (*=REQUIRED)

Not a journalist? Register here instead.



Your information will be used to complete your application, and to subscribe you to occasional updates. We will only send you relevant information, which may be sent to you through any channel for which you provide contact information to us. We may use this information to target content we send you, but we will never sell or transfer your information to 3rd parties for commercial or advertising purposes. We may use your information to connect you to 3rd parties for the purpose of improving your membership and enriching your professional network. You can unsubscribe at any time from any content delivery channel, or from all of them, though unsubscribing may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here.

Here is what you will get:
  • Unlimited access to thousands of stories from around the world
  • First look and access to new features, tools, and resources
  • Curated newsletters with top stories
  • Invitations to SolutionsU® community events
  • Receive emails containing the above offerings via occasional email throughout your membership
  • And much more to come…
It’s easy and will take less than 2 minutes.

Journalist or J-School? Register here instead.



Your information will be used to complete your application, and to subscribe you to occasional updates. We will only send you relevant information, which may be sent to you through any channel for which you provide contact information to us. We may use this information to target content we send you, but we will never sell or transfer your information to 3rd parties for commercial or advertising purposes. We may use your information to connect you to 3rd parties for the purpose of improving your membership and enriching your professional network. You can unsubscribe at any time from any content delivery channel, or from all of them, though unsubscribing may prevent you from participating in the opportunities provided by this program. View our full privacy policy here.

Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

Photos are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Burak Kebapci and SCY.

Photos are licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) and are credited to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Conference attendee listening to speaker, Jenifer Daniels / Colorstock getcolorstock.com.

Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian via Getty Images

Photo Credit: Sonia Narang