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'New Leash on Life' involves inmates caring for shelter dogs to make them more adoptable, helping both the inmates and the dogs. The program helps with various animal problems across the city and can be an employer for inmates after their release.

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Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it?

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It is expensive for government's to pay to imprison inmates, additionally there is a high rate of recidivism. 'Songs in the Key of Free' brings inmates together to write songs that can then be played by professional musicians to the public, it has resulted in improved inmate behaviour and attitud...

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The deportees who want to 'Make El Salvador Great Again'

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The number of people deported from the USA back to El Savador is only rising under the Trump administration, leaving these individuals with the daunting task of starting over. English Cool is a program where deportees teach students English while acting as mentors and pushing them to think about ...

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What works: In rural Tennessee, ex-offenders get a second chance and a new career

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In rural Tennessee the unemployment rate can be very low, making it hard for inmates to find jobs upon their release, which then increases the rate of recidivism. The Rural Reentry Program has set up training programs for inmates while in jail in order for them to earn their certification and the...

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SNAP-Ed addresses food insecurity with lessons on healthy eating, living

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Food insecurity, obesity, and poor nutrition are all currently major challenges facing many US communities, particularly in the Midwest. A program called SNAP-Ed is helping to tackle all of those issues through a program that teaches food stamp recipients handy tips such as better shopping habits...

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When federal health care falls short, tribes improvise

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Indian Health Service, the Native American Health federal agency, has not always been an ideal health program due to lack of funding and lack of flexibility to each tribe. More tribes are opening their own clinics in order to tailor health care to their needs and create more jobs, or taking over ...

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The Fight to Fix America's Broken Bail System

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Jails are overcrowded with inmates awaiting their trial and who didn't have the money to make bail. Across the country states are trying to implement new policies to deny high-risk felons bail, while conducting risk assessments to see if inmates would be a safety concern if they were released unt...

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The ‘Problem Child’ Is a Child, Not a Problem

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Isolating or punitive methods in early childhood education can have a lasting effect on a 'problematic' child, leading to greater behavioural problems. Collaborative Problem Solving techniques, such as 'Plan B', require the child and teacher or parent to work together to identify each of their co...

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In New Mexico, demographic shifts have helped job growth

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Historically there has been stigma and pushback to bilingual and immigrant programs, but some counties are starting to embrace diversity as key to economic development. Greater diversity spurs innovation, entrepreneurship, and population growth in rural areas, recognition of these benefits has ea...

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A Year Of Love And Struggle In A New High School

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Throughout the country, young Black men are struggling in public schools due to systemic issues and lack of representation. This story gives insight into Ron Brown College Prepratory High School, a school with comprehensive programs serving to enhance the educational experience of their students.

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Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

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