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The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

Manuel Villa

21 December 2018

California, United States

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After San Joaquin County adopted a slew of criminal justice reforms, crime dropped by 20 percent and hit a decades-old low. One of the things that was implemented were speciality courts saimed at decreasing arrest tim...

The Christian Science Monitor

John Colin Marston

10 December 2018

United States

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Many states are rolling back the punitive measures against youth who committed crimes that began in the 1980s and 1990s. After the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, ...

Detroit Free Press

Georgea Kovanis

7 December 2018

Macomb, Michigan, United States

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At a Michigan county drug court, intense scrutiny and personalized attention for people in recovery - instead of jail time - is an approach with great promise. This in-depth look at the journey of people in the progra...

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Aaron Mondry

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20 November 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Street Outreach Court Detroit is a collaboration between the courts and service providers to waive legal and financial obligations post-conviction if a person makes a commitment to an individualized action plan. These...

Illinois Public Media

Christine Herman

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18 September 2018

Illinois, United States

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Jails in Illinois are trying to step up screening of inmates for mental illness as part of increased efforts around the country to deal with the large numbers of people with mental health issues who are behind bars. M...

Finding Fixes

Kyle Norris

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17 September 2018

Washington, United States

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Washington’s Snohomish County has implemented a program that embeds social workers with the police. The program has been an effective method to bring services to people in need rather than arrest and process them as c...

Finding Fixes

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

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17 September 2018

Washington, United States

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Inmates in Snohomish County jails who have substance use disorder are now being given suboxone to help them manage withdrawal symptoms. Upon release, people are also being provided with supports to connected them with...

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Adam Skolnick

7 September 2018

Washington, United States

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After her client and friend gets sentenced to 13 years in prison at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, Laurie Dawson, an activist, sets out to reform prison practices. With the guidance of the Bangkok Rules,...

The Crime Report

Megan Hadley

5 September 2018

United States

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The number of youth confined in U.S. detention facilities has dropped by nearly half since 1997, saving money and reducing recidivism. A report by the Justice Policy Institute says this has made communities safer, but...

Pacific Standard

Arvind Dilawar

4 September 2018

New Zealand

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New Zealand introduced restorative justice practices for juveniles in their criminal justice system after incredibly high rates of child incarceration and an over-representation of minorities. The practice, in places ...

Pacific Standard

Danielle Ziegelheim

14 August 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Local groups in cities like St. Louis and New York are organizing to reform the criminal justice system, pushing for policies that reinstate voting rights for formerly incarcerated people, changing punishments for non...

NPR

Terry Gross

6 August 2018

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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A community court program in Newark, New Jersey provides alternative sentencing options for low-level offenders rather than jail or release that include getting help for mental health issues and addiction. It's part o...

Washington Post

Timothy Pratt

3 August 2018

South Fulton, Georgia, United States

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South Fulton is the only city in the U.S. to put black women in charge of it’s criminal justice system—from the judge, to the prosecutor, to the public defender. “The result: A focus on community policing, pretrial di...

Rolling Stone

Lisa Armstrong

29 July 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Creativity activities in prisons can provide inmates with an emotional outlet, a way to process their life experiences, and an opportunity to constructively work in a group. The theatrical performances staged at New Y...

The Tennessean

Anita Wadhwani

28 July 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Non-violent offenders arrested during mental health episodes in Davidson County are sent to Mental Health Court rather than criminal court. Through this court, they are connected to safety net services such as housing...

Alaska Public Media

Teresa Cotsirilos

19 July 2018

Mountain Villge, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, tribes are taking over more governmental duties from the state and this is allowing some courts to implement more traditional systems of justice that focus on healing rather than just punishment. Tribal jud...

The Christian Science Monitor

Felix Franz

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18 June 2018

Kumily, Kerala, India

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With poaching on the rise in the South Indian Periyar Tiger Reserve, officials turned to the poachers themselves to see if they could turn their problem into a solution. In lieu of facing charges, the poachers became ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Brian Edwards

1 May 2018

Auburn, Alabama, United States

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Reaching out to juvenile offenders with support and services, rather than putting them in jail, reduces recidivism and can save public money. A program called Youth Villages is instrumental in helping youth offenders ...

The Guardian

Jo Griffin

2 April 2018

Itaúna, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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In Apac prisons, inmates hold the keys. “By committing a crime, prisoners break the social pact,” says Ana Paula Pellegrino of Igarape Institute. “An Apac prison restores this by allowing inmates to work for the commu...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Allison Herrera

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2 April 2018

Marysville, Ohio, United States

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The Ohio Reformatory for Women is a prison that offers inmates a chance to enroll in Tapestry, an inpatient drug treatment program that tries to delve into the deeper causes women turn to drugs. It also believes in ...

The Guardian

Allison Griner

13 March 2018

United States

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While still a relatively new field, some sexual assault survivors, and perpetrators, are turning to restorative justice to make amends. Restorative justice is an approach to dealing with crime that involves the pers...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

1 March 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program in Philadelphia created to divert students who get in trouble away from the juvenile justice system is poised to grow into the first Juvenile Justice Hub in the country with help from a competitive grant pro...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth Miller

22 January 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a domestic violence court offers funnels perpetrators into programs that offer counseling and other services to address the root causes of their behavior. Its two tracks focus on first-time...

New Mexico In Depth

Elizabeth Miller

26 December 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A program in Albuquerque, New Mexico that successfully diverted young offenders from the criminal justice system still grappled with kids running away while under house arrest. This defeats the purpose of diversion si...

Deseret News

Erica Evans

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20 December 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A program piloted in Seattle and now replicated in several cities nationwide aims to redirect low-level drug offenders into a case management system that can help them change their lives by connecting them with social...

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