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Patty Santos

10 November 2021

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond's Operation Peacemaker Fellowship pairs mentors with young people at risk of violence, paying the youth a stipend if they meet particular goals toward a more stable and safe life. The mentors are former gang ...

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Deena Zaru

9 November 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Programs like UCAN Chicago use "violence interrupters" to mediate disputes before they turn violent and to connect people at risk of violence to the services that will give them a chance at a more stable, peaceful lif...

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Sarah Whites-Koditschek

9 November 2021

Alabama, United States

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Legislation in cities like Cleveland, Louisville, New York City, provides legal representation for economically-disadvantaged people who are facing eviction. The city ordinances have drastically reduced evictions as w...

North Carolina Health News

Elizabeth Thompson

8 November 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Community health workers with North Carolina Formerly Incarcerated Transition Program (NC FIT) counsel people recently released from jails and prisons to help them get the care they need for mental and physical health...

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Chris Mueller

5 November 2021

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

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The Outagamie County Youth and Family Services agency makes restorative justice dialogue available to the victims of crimes committed by juveniles. After preparation with a trained mediator, the two parties meet to di...

Wired

Maytal Eyal

4 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Truce is a mobile app that lets people in crisis ask for help from volunteer conflict mediators without involving the police. The app connects people to social services and to volunteers who can help ensure tha...

Street Roots

Libby Dowsett

3 November 2021

Georgia, United States

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In Georgia, child-welfare officials considering moving a child in foster care from one caregiver to another must delay the move for 14 days. During that pause, a group of involved officials and foster parents hold a v...

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Jenee Darden

1 November 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Until Oakland joins the list of cities sending counselors and social workers on emergency calls concerning mental health crises, a grassroots program called Mental Health First is diverting a small number of emergenci...

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Patrick Smith

1 November 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is home to multiple street-outreach programs that target the people most likely to be shot or to shoot others, and that provide them with social services that keep them and others in their network safe. Progra...

What's Next Magazine

Michael Hovde

1 November 2021

United States

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DontCallThePolice.com went online at the height of the 2020 social justice protests to give people a list of resources when they need help and might otherwise default to calling the police. The site is a directory of ...

Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Gary Humphreys

1 November 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Safe System design is a public health framework for preventing traffic accidents and death. The system adapts and transforms roads as part of a broader system of reforms. In Bogotá, in addition to a city-wide speed li...

High Country News

Wufei Yu

29 October 2021

Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

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Tribes in New Mexico have enlisted over 70 goats to help clear dry brush, branches, and invasive plants, which can otherwise become fuel for potential fires. The program, which has been running for almost a whole year...

Monterey County Weekly

Pam Marino

29 October 2021

Soledad, California, United States

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A research study is spurring change and leading to the addition of more housing units in Soledad. Agriculture is the main industry of the region, making farmworker housing a priority. Vacant housing has been rehabilit...

Roll Call

Jim Saska

28 October 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Violence Intervention Program at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center counsels victims of violence and links them to needed social services to try to keep them safe from future injury. Such hospital-based trauma care i...

Wall Street Journal

Zusha Elinson

27 October 2021

Fresno, California, United States

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Advance Peace Fresno tries to turn youth away from violence through mentoring, job training, and by paying them a monthly stipend of up to $1,000 if they hit certain benchmarks in their rehabilitation. The program has...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

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Hunter Funk

27 October 2021

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Since the early 2000s, when its overcrowded jail led to a decision to jail fewer people instead of adding more cells, Bexar County, Texas, has provided comprehensive help to people likely to end up jailed if social an...

Street Roots

Libby Dowsett

27 October 2021

Iowa, United States

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By putting a priority on rescuing children from danger in their homes by reducing the danger or placing the children in relatives' care, Iowa courts have greatly reduced the traumatizing use of emergency foster care p...

Financial Times

Joshua Chaffin

23 October 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence is a city-funded crew of "violence interrupters," former gang members or the formerly incarcerated who have enough street credibility to de-escalate disputes in ways the police often c...

Mother Jones

Marisa Endicott

21 October 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Home Free is a small, transitional-housing program for women who served long prison sentences for crimes against or on behalf of their abusers. A population long neglected, the women are part of a community recovering...

Street Roots

Libby Dowsett

20 October 2021

Iowa, United States

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Iowa in 2017 imposed new rules for the agencies that run group homes for children in foster care. The rules have greatly reduced the frequency with which children are moved from place to place far from their families,...

The New York Times

Julie Turkewitz

18 October 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Bogotá’s city government started the Calm Line to give men a way to connect by telephone with psychologists trained in therapeutic responses to the machismo that leads to gender-based violence. Despite doubts that Col...

The New York Times

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Anatoly Kurmanaev

16 October 2021

Sabaneta, Venezuela

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Rather than fleeing or fighting the twin threats to its business from criminal gangs and an aggressively anti-business government, the managers of Venezuelan rum-maker Ron Santa Teresa chose to make peace with both th...

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Juan Moreno Haines

15 October 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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To combat opioid overdose deaths among incarcerated people, the California prison system in January 2020 launched a treatment program that combines medication-assisted treatment with professional and peer counseling. ...

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L'Monique King

15 October 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Food trucks alleviate food insecurity in food deserts and contribute to economic mobility in the Black community. A variety of local vendors benefit from the success of food trucks while consumers have easy access to ...

The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana

15 October 2021

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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A shared service child care model is providing affordable, high-quality options for working parents. Chambliss serves 750 children in its multiple centers and operates two thrift stores that help subsidize childcare c...

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