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Criminal courts tailored to veterans multiply as wars wind down

Yahoo! News

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U.S. courts are offering war veterans who face jail time the choice of rehabilitation. This helps them adjust to civilian life and reduces repeat offences.

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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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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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When Prisons Need to Be More Like Nursing Homes

The Marshall Project

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The U.S. prison population is aging, which is costly because older inmates need more care. Some states have responded by creating special wards, having the young inmates care for the old, or building nursing homes.

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More Than Just Code

Bright Magazine

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Currently, women make up only 20% of computing jobs - in 2012, only 18% of computer science (CS) graduates were women , a figure that has been cut in half since 1984 when women made up 37% of CS majors. Now, girls are taught coding and computer programing in an after school program built to inspi...

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How To Turn Adult Education Into Careers, Quickly

NPR

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When adults want to return to school, they face many challenges including the experience of long waitlists for classes, and poor relevance to the job skills they need for future employment. The Washington state community college system has started the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Traini...

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Prison Born

The Atlantic

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More women are being incarcerated around the United States and that has spurred more institutions to create prison nurseries, which allow women to be with their newborns. It's not a new idea, but it's finding support among prison advocates as well as budget hawks because research shows nurseries ...

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New concept for high school, built on trust, pays off

Fayetteville Observer

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A private high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is mimicking a college campus as part of an effort to help kids succeed in college. By trusting the students and giving them autonomy they have also reduced bad behavior.

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Reaching Math Students One by One

The New York Times

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Middle School 88 in Brooklyn is part of a broad evolution in teaching math, employing technology through a non-profit called School for One (Teach for One) to provide each student with a personalized lesson generated and monitored by computers to match their learning level.

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Jail program, a first in NC, includes classes behind bars

Fayetteville Observer

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Cabarrus County’s Project Re-entry gives those experiencing incarceration a chance at an education and self-reflection. The program has shown such success that it is being expanded to other detention centers in the county. Those who take part are able to take classes – all taught by volunteers – ...

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