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Despite exonerations, eyewitness ID process virtually unchanged

Orange County Register

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In the U.S., witnesses frequently select the wrong person because of improper police influence. Some states have incorporated a set of police guidelines that ensure the integrity of identifications.

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Excess, deprivation mark state prisons

Orange County Register

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The California prison system is overwhelmed after adopting tough-on-crime laws with no improvement. New York adopted more tolerant policies and has decreased the state's crime rate and its prison population.

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In Iran, a Brotherhood of Doctors and Patients

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Two Iranian brothers worked as doctors to reform how Iran tackles HIV, moving the country toward the harm reduction approach. By providing clean needles and methadone, the doctors were able to lower infection rates, even in prisons.

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Guiding Families to a Fair Day in Court

The New York Times

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Millions of families of arrested individuals do not know what to do to help, how to obtain a lawyer, or what the process entails in the court system. Created by Albert Cobarrubius Justice Project, participatory defense is a type of community organizing that teaches and empowers people who face cr...

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Helping Brazil’s Poor Heal at Home

The New York Times

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• Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels poor, urban families with ill children. Volunteers assist families with food, medicine, vocational training, housing, legal aid, among other servic...

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Life & Liberty

Deseret News

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Veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder number about one-fourth of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, roughly 500,000 veterans so far. Inmates in prisons nationwide train dogs as companions for these war veterans, providing a sense of healing for all.

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Making a Deal With Murderers

The New York Times

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The year 2011 was one of the deadliest since the end of El Salvador’s civil war in 1992 - there were an appalling 4,371 murders — 11 people killed every day. Suddenly, in the middle of 2012, there was a huge drop in the rates - some say due to a negotiation between gang leaders and the government.

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How Former Prisoners are Set up to Fail, Especially if They're Women

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A Department of Justice study reported that about 75 percent of those released in 2005 were rearrested, and women prisoners often have a harder time re-entering society after release. A New Way of Life (ANWOL) is a Los Angeles transitional living facility that has helped more than 750 women stay ...

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Out of Debtors' Prison, With Law as the Key

The New York Times

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As rampant misconduct by judicial systems across the country brought to light a crippling practice of debtors prisons - where disadvantaged individuals unable to pay fines and fees were continually and wrongfully imprisoned, creating a vicious cycle - the American Civil Liberties Union stepped in...

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How to Cut the Prison Population (See for Yourself)

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Prisons in the United States are overcrowded with many non-violent offenders and the cost to keep them in jail consumes public budgets. Criminal justice reform has attracted bipartisan interest with diverse proposals to aid adjust the incarceration rate. The Urban Institute has developed an inter...

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