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The Crime Report

Ryan M. Moser

21 June 2021

Miami, Florida, United States

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Two years into an experiment in "incentivized prison" management, Florida's Everglades Correctional Institution is considered the state's safest prison. An incarcerated journalist reporting from inside writes that by ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Allen Arthur

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Formerly Incarcerated Law Students Advocacy Association at City University of New York's law school mentors people whose criminal records serve as a barrier to pursuing a law career. FILSAA is part of a movement t...

Prism

Tamar Sarai Davis

21 June 2021

Middletown, Connecticut, United States

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College-in-prison programs like Wesleyan University's Center for Prison Education have a track record for improving incarcerated students' lives, lowering crime, and making prisons safer. But a number of factors compr...

The New York Times

Ann Hinga Klein

1 June 2021

California, United States

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Three state prison systems have vaccinated incarcerated people at far greater rates than in the general public thanks in part to educational meetings with experts that helped overcome natural distrust. In California a...

KSTU-TV

Sydney Glenn

28 May 2021

Spanish Fork, Utah, United States

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Nearly 10,000 people incarcerated in the Utah County Jail have found paid work in the community during their jail terms thanks to the sheriff's Jail Industries program. While the incarcerated people get to keep just 2...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Chaundra Furin-Campbell

27 May 2021

Wilsonville, Oregon, United States

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More than 1,000 women incarcerated at Oregon's Coffee Creek Correctional Facility have participated since 2015 in Reason to Run, a program promoting better physical and mental health through running. Participants rece...

Next City

Roshan Abraham

27 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Solitary Gardens project started in New Orleans and has been copied in multiple other places as a combination art exhibit and therapeutic link between incarcerated people and the outside world. People on both side...

The Washington Post

Katy Reckdahl

26 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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First 72+ is a New Orleans reentry agency founded by formerly incarcerated people to help others as they exit prison. That help focuses on everyday needs for transportation, housing, and emotional support. As in many ...

Christian Science Monitor

Francine Kiefer

18 May 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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At the Los Angeles County Jail, two men incarcerated on pending murder charges created a homegrown approach to improving the care and conditions of confinement for people with serious mental illness. Their approach is...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

11 May 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Michigan prisons and the state's secretary of state teamed up to provide people leaving prison on parole with the one thing they often lack: valid personal identification papers. Without a Social Security card or stat...

WRTV-TV

Megan Sanctorum

6 May 2021

Columbus, Indiana, United States

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The Bartholomew County Jail's drug treatment program started in January 2020 with a rigorous application process, followed by about 400 hours of group and individual therapy for incarcarcerated people with drug abuse ...

The New York Times

Danya Issawi

Derek M. Norman

21 April 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont is the only state where no people incarcerated in prison died of COVID-19 in the first 12 months of the pandemic, and its infection rate is relatively low. The prisons took steps that other prison systems eith...

Grady Newsource

Grace Townsend

20 April 2021

Monroe, Georgia, United States

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In a community with a food insecurity rate of 11%, Walton Wellness provides dozens of families with a steady supply of fresh produce grown by volunteers incarcerated at the county jail. The program aims to go beyond s...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Alasdair Lane

20 April 2021

London, United Kingdom

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The Clink operates in four British prisons, teaching haute-cuisine cooking skills and then helping its formerly incarcerated trainees establish productive lives once they're released. The training inside prison featur...

PBS NOVA

Christina Couch

19 April 2021

United States

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The movement to promote science education and careers among people who are currently or formerly incarcerated is making slow but real progress. Programs like the National Science Foundation's STEM Opportunities in Pri...

Columbia Journalism Review

Taylor Moore

5 April 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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The Empowerment Avenue Writer's Cohort pairs incarcerated writers with volunteer journalists on the outside who mentor, edit, and help the writers pitch their stories to publications. By publishing more incarcerated w...

KGO-TV

Jason Beal

26 March 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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Three men currently or formerly incarcerated at San Quentin Prison founded Prison Renaissance to connect artists and writers inside prison to audiences and potential funders outside. They produced an art exhibit that ...

Ear Hustle

Nigel Poor

Earlonne Woods

17 March 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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Prison visiting rooms provide an irreplaceable connection between incarcerated people and their family and friends from outside prison. The in-person visits, despite the many rules that complicate the simple act of co...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

16 March 2021

Illinois, United States

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The Women and Survivors Project provides legal representation to women imprisoned for crimes that stemmed from histories of abuse. Nearly all incarcerated women have suffered violent abuse. Many end up punished for fi...

Think Global Health

Ted Alcorn

12 March 2021

Norway

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When Covid-19 threatened to disrupt Norway's correctional system, the country's prisons and jails were quick to pivot their practices to protect those who were incarcerated. Although it helped that the country's corre...

Rafu Shimpo

Annakai Hayakawa Geshlider

11 March 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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An educational program called ROOTS (Restoring Our Original True Selves) taught at San Quentin prison in Marin County, California, has transformed into the Literature Club due to the pandemic and has reached other nea...

New York Focus

Sam Mellins

5 March 2021

New York, United States

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Medically assisted treatment is proven to reduce fatal opioid overdoses, particularly among formerly incarcerated people. When people are denied treatment in jail or prison and then resume their previous doses once th...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

2 March 2021

Charleston, Maine, United States

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Mountain View Correctional Facility in Maine has turned its food service into a farm-to-table experience, sourcing healthier, more appetizing meals from its own apple orchard and vegetable garden and from local farmer...

Associated Press

Elena Becatoros

18 February 2021

Avlona, Greece

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When the pandemic shut schools down in Greece, that included the schooling system in place for those in Greece’s Avlona Special Youth Detention Center; so, the director of the school started broadcasting lessons over ...

The Daily Tar Heel

Bethany Lee

2 February 2021

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Prison Books Collective and a partner organization, N.C. Women's Prison Book Project, for 15 years have collected donated books and then distributed them inside North Carolina prisons to incarcerated people who crave ...

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