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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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Colombia's Data-Driven Fight Against Crime

The New York Times

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Colombia attempts to decrease murder and homicide rates by setting up curfews for teenagers, forcing bars to close earlier in the evening, and creating gun laws to prevent the carrying of weapons.

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For Teens in Crisis, the Next Text Could Be a Lifesaver

The New York Times

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With pressures of depression, anxiety, and suicide on the rise, teenagers in the United States are challenged to find the comfortable outlet and accessibility for emotional support. The Crisis Text Line offers a counseling service through mobile texting, which reduces the shame that can occur wh...

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Houston's solution to mental health system problems offers a case study for Milwaukee

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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In Houston, TX, many individuals with mental illnesses cycled in and out of emergency care while arrested or incarcerated. Houston’s police department has decreased the number of incarcerated who have mental illness by opening a division to mental health called the Chronic Consumer Stabilization ...

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How can Milwaukee County's broken mental health system be fixed?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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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 cities that have had success in repairing mental health systems. Solutions include th...

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How one of America's most dangerous cities reduced gun violence

Al Jazeera

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Richmond, California ranked among the highest homicide rates in the country. The city created the Office of Neighborhood Safety to engage the community in the effort to curb gun violence and prevent homicides. ONS works directly with the young people who are at risk and have succeeded in reducing...

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Police and the mentally ill: LAPD praised as a model for nation

KPCC

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LAPD's special team, the Mental Evaluation Unit, is teaming up police officers with mental health clinicians to better approach and address individuals suffering from a mental health crisis. Rather than sending them to jail - where resources are limited and a vicious cycle often results - the tea...

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Interrupting violence in Brooklyn

MSNBC

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S.O.S Crown Heights (Save Our Streets) employs the Cure Violence method developed in Chicago during the '90s, in which "violence interrupters" are used to build relationships with a neighborhood's most at-risk youths and de-escalate conflicts. Most of the interrupters are from the communities the...

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A Fla. District Leads in Violence Prevention

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school case managers” who build relationships with students, and they offer a youth court...

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Migration outlier: How Nicaragua escaped neighbors' deadly spiral

Reuters

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Crushing poverty and extreme violence - fueled by drug trafficking and police corruption - are behind a mass migration of Central American children to the United States in recent months that has overwhelmed U.S. border resources and driven illegal immigration to the fore in U.S. congressional ele...

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