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Erin Richards

19 March 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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The Austin Independent School District created a system to prevent low-income families from being displaced by rising rents around the city. The system, which includes a website that tracks affordable housing options ...

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James E. Causey

7 December 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In the middle of Milwaukee's toughest neighborhood, an organization called We Got This helps kids get off the streets and into the garden. Each summer, teens spend Saturdays working in a community garden to produce fo...

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Jen Zettel

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20 November 2018

Seymour, Wisconsin, United States

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Organizations across Wisconsin work in tandem to combat widespread hunger using a combination of fundraising, nonprofit supply, and low cost food delivery services. While organizations use different methods to accompl...

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Tom Daykin

12 October 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Milwaukee is poised to pass a complete streets policy that would advance current efforts to make the city more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. But even without this policy in place, projects to widen sidewalk and impro...

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Cameron Smith

30 September 2018

Wisconsin, United States

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Voter ID laws may reduce voter turnout, enough to change election results. For example, according to a UW-Madison study, thousands of people in Dane and Milwaukee counties did not vote in the 2016 presidential electio...

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Rory Linnane

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21 August 2018

Wisconsin, United States

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Supervised injection sites are legal in certain cities and countries around the world, including Vancouver, BC. They’ve been shown to reduce overdose deaths and increase uptake into treatment. States like Wisconsin, w...

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Ashley Luthern

16 August 2018

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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In Dane County, Wisconsin, the jail is trying a new opioid treatment program. Usually, people who are recently released from jail are at high risk for overdose if they’ve suffered from addiction. This program takes ad...

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David D. Haynes

26 July 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In Wisconsin, the Department of Corrections is tailoring their prison education programs to meet the needs of the job market, and it is benefitting former inmates as well as the economy. Milwaukee Area Technical Colle...

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David D. Haynes

21 March 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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It turns out the old adage of knowing your neighbor really can help make your neighborhood safer. A study of more than 250 cities found that a key factor behind a drop in crime in the last 20 years was the mobilizing ...

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Katherine Herzog

16 January 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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From 2010 to 2017, the number of African American students awarded bachelor's degrees at Georgia State doubled - African American students now graduate at a slightly higher rate than their white counterparts. For the ...

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David D. Haynes

13 December 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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A columnist looks at the proposal to bring red light cameras to Milwaukee after a string of horrific car accidents where a driver blew through traffic lights. The piece covers a good deal of data on the efficacy of re...

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James E. Causey

27 April 2017

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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To combat the rapid decline in Cleveland's economy after the manufacturing collapse co-ops have stepped in. Co-ops help residents of poor neighborhoods find jobs, build stability and buy houses. They benefit other or...

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James E. Causey

27 April 2017

Shakopee, Minnesota, United States

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Habitat for Humanity is a well-known "sweat equity" program, where low-income renters can help to build the homes they will eventually own. Usually, they are tightly focused on one area, building houses in the neighbo...

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Ashley Luthern

18 June 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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A law-enforcement strategy known as the "focused deterrence" approach involves identifying people most at risk to commit or to be victimized by crime — often the same individuals — and hosts meetings where they are of...

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11 June 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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With shooting deaths soaring in Milwaukee, gun cases have swamped the county courts, but there has been no similar spike in federal firearm prosecutions. In fact, the opposite occurred last year.

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Gina Barton

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5 June 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Job training is an invaluable resource to prisoners who may not have any other resources for such a thing. A new job center, established with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, aims to assist 1,000 Mi...

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Gina Barton

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14 May 2016

Montpelier, Vermont, United States

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Communities nationwide, including in Wisconsin, work to help ex-prisoners by surrounding them with supportive people. But in Vermont, a statewide network funded by the DOC makes it happen.

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Gina Barton

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4 April 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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The Right Path program aims to help break the cycle of poverty and criminality. It covers tuition and course materials for students as well as providing stipends.

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Ashley Luthern

13 February 2016

Rochester, New York, United States

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In order to disrupt cycles of violence, Milwaukee’s Homicide Review Commission has recommended that Milwaukee police examine how their peers in Rochester, N.Y., organize police work around the concept of preventing di...

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Ellen Gabler

16 November 2015

Iowa, United States

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State-run newborn screening programs can vary widely by hospital, creating an inconsistent process and a dangerous environment for babies born with disorders. These six points address how screening should be done.

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Ashley Luthern

18 July 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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After a rampant problem of violence among youths, Minneapolis enacted a violence-prevention plan which focused on collective action and stemming the causes at their source, resulting in nonfatal shootings involving yo...

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Meg Kissinger

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29 May 2015

Grafton, Wisconsin, United States

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Mental health care often requires a human touch and a personal connection. Tucked quietly in an office park in Grafton, volunteers at the COPE Hotline field nearly 23,000 calls a year from all over the Milwaukee area ...

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Sarah Maslin

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11 October 2014

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Previous efforts to rein in Milwaukee's infant mortality rate have focused on services for mothers: increasing access to prenatal care, treating underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and reducing behaviors s...

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Meg Kissinger

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5 November 2013

Houston, Texas, United States

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Milwaukee County’s mental health system put more resources in expensive emergency care rather than invest in programs that offer continual care. As a result, Milwaukee County identifies nine solutions from other citie...

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Meg Kissinger

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5 October 2013

Geel, Vlaanderen, Belgium

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Those who struggle with mental illness receive undesirable social stigmas and are often shunted to living on the street or in squalid housing conditions. Geel, Belgium has a mental health system that places non-violen...

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