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Amelia Schonbek

21 July 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Among the many restorative justice programs in the U.S., the Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue program was one of the few to arrange face-to-face dialogue between survivors and men who had violently abused women. This f...

PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz

21 July 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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For three days each summer, the Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) camp near Dallas gives girls an escape from their daily reality of being denied a normal relationship with their incarcerated mothers. Founded by a lawyer ...

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Matt Vasilogambros

16 July 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's Cook County Jail enabled 2,200 incarcerated people to vote in the November 2020 election by opening the jail to voter registration drives, civic lessons, distribution of voter education materials, two weeken...

Colorado Newsline

Moe Clark

16 July 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Providing permanent housing with a menu of health and social services saved the city of Denver millions of dollars and stabilized the lives of hundreds of people. A three-year controlled experiment provided various se...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

12 July 2021

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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When prosecutors in Boston and Baltimore stopped prosecuting certain non-violent, minor offenses, crime of all sorts, from minor to violent, went down. Getting prosecuted and jailed can in itself increase the probabil...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Dave Miller

Allison Frost

9 July 2021

Bend, Oregon, United States

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Youth in Oregon who get court-ordered rehabilitation as an alternative to youth detention might end up at the J Bar J Ranch, which despite its name is less a working ranch than a boarding school with individual counse...

The Charlotte Observer

Devna Bose

8 July 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Charlotte's Center for Women uses a rehabilitative approach to incarceration, letting up to 30 women at a time live in a group home that provides both therapy and connections to employment. Women with one to three yea...

Wausau Pilot and Review

Shereen Siewert

Rob Chappell

7 July 2021

Wisconsin, United States

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Across Wisconsin, the pandemic pushed prisons and jails to work quickly to lower their numbers of prisoners, in some cases accelerating reforms that had been planned apart from virus containment. Incarceration hit a 2...

The Washington Post

Antonio Olivo

6 July 2021

Fairfax, Virginia, United States

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Fairfax County, Virginia, boasts the state's most ambitious program to divert cases from criminal prosecution to treatment courts, including for drug offenses and involving veterans. But all of the work by prosecutors...

Transitions Online

Tanya Hendel

30 June 2021

Gomel, Belarus

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People Plus has begun to fill a vacuum left by the Belarus prison system's lack of reentry services aimed at giving people a better chance to succeed after prison. The NGO provides its "resocialization" counseling for...

BBC

Jo Mathys

29 June 2021

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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All people between the ages of 14 and 21 in Washington, D.C., who are placed on probation for criminal convictions get assigned a probation officer, social worker, and a "credible messenger" – a mentor, usually with h...

The Marshall Project

Nicole Lewis

Andrew R. Calderón

23 June 2021

Nevada, United States

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Thirteen states restored the right to vote to millions of formerly incarcerated people in the years leading up to the 2020 elections. An analysis of four of them – Nevada, Kentucky, Iowa, and New Jersey – shows the ne...

Prism

Tamar Sarai Davis

21 June 2021

Middletown, Connecticut, United States

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College-in-prison programs like Wesleyan University's Center for Prison Education have a track record for improving incarcerated students' lives, lowering crime, and making prisons safer. But a number of factors compr...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Allen Arthur

21 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The Formerly Incarcerated Law Students Advocacy Association at City University of New York's law school mentors people whose criminal records serve as a barrier to pursuing a law career. FILSAA is part of a movement t...

The Crime Report

Ryan M. Moser

21 June 2021

Miami, Florida, United States

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Two years into an experiment in "incentivized prison" management, Florida's Everglades Correctional Institution is considered the state's safest prison. An incarcerated journalist reporting from inside writes that by ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Christina Griffith

16 June 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The University of Pennsylvania's Restorative Entrepreneurship Program helps formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs plan a business launch with the help of teams of students from the schools of law, business, and social w...

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Kristi Eaton

9 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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People who spend their time in prison getting physically fit might seek to turn what they've learned into a job as a fitness trainer, once they're released. But felony convictions act as a barrier to such jobs. A Seco...

Colorado Newsline

Moe Clark

4 June 2021

Aurora, Colorado, United States

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At the Second Chance Center, people emerging from prison get the necessities to survive, like housing, clothing, and food. But they also get deeper learning about how to repair their lives, thanks to an inclusive and ...

KOAA-TV

Alasyn Zimmerman

3 June 2021

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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Colorado's Transforming Safety initiative empowers communities to decide how to use grant money to address high rates of recidivism. One community-chosen grantee is Colorado Springs Works, founded by a man who made a ...

The Real News Network

Euan McKirdy

Jaisal Noor

3 June 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Chicago is owned and run by formerly incarcerated women of color. The business' five owner-workers responded to the pandemic's effect on food insecurity, in neighborhoods that already had high rates of that p...

The New York Times

Ann Hinga Klein

1 June 2021

California, United States

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Three state prison systems have vaccinated incarcerated people at far greater rates than in the general public thanks in part to educational meetings with experts that helped overcome natural distrust. In California a...

NPR

Katia Riddle

29 May 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The boom in green-energy spending and government grants fuels the work of Leaders Before Legends, a Portland startup that lines up well-paying jobs installing solar panels and the like. The jobs go to people formerly ...

KSTU-TV

Sydney Glenn

28 May 2021

Spanish Fork, Utah, United States

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Nearly 10,000 people incarcerated in the Utah County Jail have found paid work in the community during their jail terms thanks to the sheriff's Jail Industries program. While the incarcerated people get to keep just 2...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Chaundra Furin-Campbell

27 May 2021

Wilsonville, Oregon, United States

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More than 1,000 women incarcerated at Oregon's Coffee Creek Correctional Facility have participated since 2015 in Reason to Run, a program promoting better physical and mental health through running. Participants rece...

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Roshan Abraham

27 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The Solitary Gardens project started in New Orleans and has been copied in multiple other places as a combination art exhibit and therapeutic link between incarcerated people and the outside world. People on both side...

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