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Sady Swanson

22 March 2021

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

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Acting on a recognition that police and the criminal justice system are too involved in responses to mental health and substance abuse crises, UCHealth formed mental health response teams that partner with Fort Collin...

The Charlotte Observer

Virginia Bridges

12 March 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Three incarcerated people and a coalition of social justice groups sued North Carolina over its prison COVID-19 policies, winning a settlement that is accelerating releases from prison that began at the start of the p...

The Guardian

Todd Feathers

4 March 2021

United States

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State and federal parole officials have rushed during the pandemic to embrace the use of smartphone apps that monitor the location and behavior of a person on parole. The apps and related data analytics save courts mo...

Honolulu Civil Beat

Christina Jedra

11 February 2021

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) proved itself in Seattle as effective at addressing the underlying problems of people experiencing homelessness, by waiving their criminal charges if they accepted needed serv...

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Clark Merrefield

2 February 2021

California, United States

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When a California law shifted the costs of incarcerating youth from the state to its counties, judges suddenly sent 40% fewer youth to state-run juvenile facilities. That reduction began a long-term trend that combine...

Vice

Max Daly

1 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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From 2009 through 2019, street arrests for drug possession and sales fell by 80% in New York City, sparing hundreds of thousands of people harsh incarceration terms while defying warnings that more lenient enforcement...

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Andrew Stelzer

Sarah Shourd

14 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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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...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Paul Cuno-Booth

9 January 2021

Keene, New Hampshire, United States

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Cheshire County Drug Court provides intensive drug addiction treatment, behavioral therapy, and other services to help people charged with crimes whose drug problems are their underlying problem. Since 2013, it has he...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Paul Cuno-Booth

7 January 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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Prosecutors often make decisions about which criminal charges can be resolved by addressing underlying problems and holding people accountable for petty offenses without incarcerating them. Police-led diversion progra...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Paul Cuno-Booth

5 January 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont's decades-old court diversion program uses restorative justice practices to erase criminal records and give people charged with lower-level offenses a shot at being held accountable, and giving back, without i...

Helena Independent Record

Phoebe Tollefson

4 January 2021

Montana, United States

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A set of criminal justice reforms enacted in Montana in 2017 that were meant to reduce incarceration and reinvest some of the savings in crime prevention programs has had little effect on the prison population. The st...

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...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

29 December 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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An array of services in Pima County, Arizona, greets hundreds of people getting released early from jail or helps keep them out of jail in the first place. By providing drug treatment, housing, job assistance, and oth...

The Community Voice

Jazzlyn Johnson

8 December 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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In its first year, Operation Liberation helped more than 30 people post bail to be released from the Jackson County Detention Center. The operation focuses on bailing Black people out of jail when their lack of money ...

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...

New York Daily News

Chelsia Rose Marcius

14 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Manhattan Mental Health Court was created in 2011 to divert felony criminal cases to treatment, and away from prison, for people in need of mental health treatment. But few people with serious mental illness ever bene...

The Boston Globe

Dan Adams

2 November 2020

United States

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Drug courts can help some people with serious drug problems who face serious criminal charges, if such court programs are run carefully, based on evidence-based approaches. But, too often, such courts – which push cri...

Vice

Max Daly

16 October 2020

United Kingdom

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Four UK police forces have adopted drug-decriminalization policies over the past five years, diverting hundreds of cases toward treatment and harm-reduction counseling, and away from criminal convictions, fines, and i...

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Lisa Bartfai

12 October 2020

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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The Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court is a drug court, diverting people charged with drug offenses from possible fines and jail into therapy. But it has an added cultural element, providing traditional heal...

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 New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 August 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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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...

The Community Voice

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Jazzlyn Johnson

20 August 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund spent its first four years as a modestly funded nonprofit that used donations to bail people out of jail, as a means of countering a cash bail system that critics see as unfair to people liv...

Gotham Gazette

Ethan Geringer-Sameth

5 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York City's supervised release program stakes a middle ground in the debate over abolishing cash bail systems by paying outside agencies to monitor and help people released from jail while their criminal charges a...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Anthony Wallace

5 August 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Choose 180 channels Seattle-area young people into an alternative to court and jail when they commit relatively minor offenses. This "offramp" from the traditional justice system, serving a disproportionately Black an...

Next City

Rikha Sharma Rani

14 May 2020

District of Columbia, United States

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Washington, D.C. is piloting an approach called Thinking for a Change to help break the cycle of recidivism. The approach itself has been around since 1997, and it brings together individuals involved in the justice s...

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