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A Safe Haven in Cartoon Confidants

The New York Times

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Children coming from abusive households are often reluctant to discuss their past experiences. A Mexican foundation is using animated characters to help abused and ill children speak about their lives.

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Curbing Online Abuse Isn't Impossible. Here's Where We Start

Wired

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Harassment on the internet is more accepted but just as harmful as it is in person. RiotGames, a game publisher, decreased abuse by enabling its gaming members to decide and enforce community norms.

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Behind LA's dramatic decline in gang violence

The Huffington Post

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In the past, Los Angeles was a dangerous city fraught with gang wars. Lately, though, LA has become a safer city due to six changes enforced by the police cracking down on public violence and gangs.

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Escaping the Cycle of Scarcity

The New York Times

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Poor people are less likely to make smart financial decisions. New research in the U.S., says this is not about intelligence but rather about a brain being overwhelmed with issues related to poverty.

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Fighting Bullying With Babies

The New York Times

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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For Better Crime Prevention, a Dose of Science

The New York Times

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Crime is a result of many underlying social issues, but crime labs, like the one in New York, are studying which simple solutions will have the most impact in their city.

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For Young Offenders, Hope in a Jury of Their Peers

The New York Times

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For first-time youth criminal offenders, the traditional American jury falls short in encouraging behavioral change and may even set the juvenile on a course for repeated crimes. Washington, DC’s Youth Court is a jury that tries juveniles for minor non-violent offenses and offers peer pressure to...

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From Our Prison to Your Dinner Table

Pacific Standard

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In prison, most inmates are alienated from social practices and can be a tax burden for the states. The Colorado Correctional Industries is a program that positions inmates in different forms of labor such as making stuffed toys, farming fish, picking fruit, tending livestock, and creating crafts...

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From stilettos to steel toes:' Can job training fix prison overcrowding and save Alabama money?

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

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According to a Pew Center on the States report, the prison recidivism rate has stabilized around 40 percent for decades. The J.F. Ingram State Technical College offers correctional education and 20 different vocational programs for inmates throughout the state of Alabama. This training has aide...

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Evolving a City

On Being

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David Sloan Wilson takes what he knows about evolution and applies it to social groups in his hometown of Binghamton to show how people can live at their best for the good of the whole. He discusses how cities and communities can be improved in favor of social cooperation by applying the ingredie...

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