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The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

7 January 2016

Alger, Michigan, United States

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New programs aim to ease inmates out of years of solitary confinement by passing them through different "stages," each with different behavioral requirements and rewards. It's an approach that allows inmates to gradua...

PennLive

Daniel Simmons-Ritchie

6 November 2015

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Department of Corrections in PA pledged to transform care for mentally ill inmates. Its system of diversionary treatment has achieved some success but continues to face skepticism.

The Guardian

Lauren Gambino

7 October 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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The Bard prison initiative, in New York, allows inmates at correctional facilities to take liberal arts classes and improve their opportunities to find work upon release.

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

25 September 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Both incarceration and crime rates are low is Western Europe where the focus in prison is on rehabilitating prisoners so they can return to society. American leaders visited a prison in Germany to consider implementin...

The Marshall Project

Maura Ewing

27 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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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.

Slate

Mark Obbie

19 July 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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A Houston man whose sister was murdered created a way to help his own pain and possibly foster more empathy and understanding among inmates. The restorative justice program, Bridges to Life, has grown to hundreds of...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 July 2015

United States

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Pre-trial detention for non-risk offenders has proven to be socially harmful, costly, and actually increases the crime rate. The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is a national program that aims to decrease ...

The Atlantic

Sarah Yager

1 July 2015

Bedford Hills, New York, United States

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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 ...

Mother Jones

Katherine Reynolds Lewis

1 July 2015

South Berwick, Maine, United States

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Disciplining schoolchildren has led many students down the “school-to-prison-pipeline” because teachers have focused on controlling students rather than instilling problem solving skills. Ross Greene has developed Col...

Slate

Mark Obbie

30 June 2015

Houston, Texas, United States

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Restorative justice emphasizes accountability and making amends by facilitating meetings between people who committed a crime and those who were hurt by that crime. Victims can get their questions answered and express...

PBS Frontline

Matthew O'Neil

8 June 2015

Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut is attempting to reduce prison recidivism by changing parole practices. Changes to the system are allowing parole officers to foster relationships with parolees and counsel them as people, not as cases.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

29 May 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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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 defens...

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Spencer Parts

30 April 2015

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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The Petey Greene program, which has students tutor prison inmates, is helping to create positive impact and change in the lives of both the university student tutors and the inmates they mentor. It provides prisoners ...

The New York Times

Jessica Benko

26 March 2015

Halden, Norway

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The goal of the Norwegian penal system is to get inmates out of it. The country's Halden prison offers humane treatment, trying to help inmates as much as possible rather than punish them.

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

31 August 2014

Concord, North Carolina, United States

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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 co...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

22 July 2014

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Multnomah County, Oregon, experienced a surge of gang activity between 2013 and 2014. To curtail crime and violence, a group of pastors intervened with the 11:45 program. The program provides services and mentorship t...

Yahoo! News

Liz Goodwin

30 June 2014

New York, New York, United States

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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.

Anchorage Daily News

Kyle Hopkins

12 June 2014

Barrow, Alaska, United States

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People affected by fetal alcohol syndrome disorder are more likely to be convicted. In Alaska, one court provides convicts with FASD counselors and patience, making the court system more equitable and hoping to reduce...

New York Daily News

Oren Yaniv

12 November 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Jailing convicted criminals has shown that it neither changes illegal behavior, nor reduces the rate of re-incarceration. Brooklyn’s Red Hood Community Justice Center has given many guilty defendants of minor crimes t...

The Atlantic

Mike Riggs

9 September 2013

Michigan, United States

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Inmates who get correctional education are less likely to become repeat offenders, but education costs money. An organization is funding educational opportunities for prisoners in various cities in the U.S. to improve...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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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...

Pacific Standard

Mark Obbie

20 December 2010

Texas, United States

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The Victim-Offender Mediation/Dialogue program in Texas connects victims with those who harmed them to initiate a healing process founded on the premise of restorative justice. This state-run mediation program helps v...

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