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LA policy shift yields decline in school suspensions

LA Daily News

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Huge numbers of students were getting suspension as punishment - until there was a nationwide push to rollback zero-tolerance policies instituted after the deadly Columbine High School shootings that emphasize harsh discipline for even minor misbehavior in favor of support-focused alternatives. T...

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Success in the Big Apple / New York City finds path for mentally ill / Housing homeless before treatment bucks conventional wisdom
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SFGate

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In San Francisco, 23 percent of homeless people return to the street after transitional housing programs. A New York program gives the mentally ill and homeless individual apartments alongside average New Yorkers and has had an 84 percent retention rate.

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Another Chance for Teens
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The New York Times

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Since the 1960s, New York City has run the nation’s largest publicly managed summer jobs program. Nearly 50,000 14- to 24-four-year-olds spend six weeks working, not only in publicly funded day care centers, summer camps, hospitals and city agencies, but also high-tech firms and Fortune 500 compa...

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Iceland Succeeds at Reversing Teenage Substance Abuse The U.S. Should Follow Suit

The Huffington Post

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With rampant substance abuse problems among youth, the United States should look to the success of Iceland in decreasing alcohol and drug use rates.

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Federal gun prosecutions fall, even as Milwaukee crime rises

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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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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America’s War On Drugs Has Failed. This Program Might Be The Solution.

The Huffington Post

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The war on drugs has put millions in jail and fails to curb illegal drug use. Tactics that focus on helping addicts are far more successful, such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) and other decriminalization/community-partnership programs.

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Getting Tried as an Adult Means a Longer Sentence

WNYC

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In the U.S., some people who are convicted as minors can spend their whole lives in prison. German prisons offer a solution: shorter sentences and a focus on reducing crime once people reenter society.

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An epidemic of questionable arrests by school police

Center for Public Integrity

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Police officers in schools can turn minor disciplinary indiscretions into criminal justice matters and foment the school-to-prison pipeline. To lower arrests, some California districts have imposed formal limits on police powers in school and different police training.

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Helping Drug-Addicted Inmates Break the Cycle

Stateline

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Barnstable County Correctional Facility in Massachusetts has found a way to disrupt the opioid addiction cycle with the help of a relatively new addiction medication, Vivitrol. Such medications have been shown to be far more effective at helping people quit drugs when paired with counseling and g...

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How teen brains are different and what that means for curbing youth violence

The Plain Dealer (cleveland.com)

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A new training program gets police officers to delve into the complexities of teenage brain development, helping law enforcement to recognize mental health issues, respond to them and, if they can, refer families to other resources in the community. The method focuses less on swift and immediate ...

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