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Pacific Standard

Katia Savchuk

1 February 2019

New York, United States

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Algorithm-based tools are more frequently being used by courts to determine the risk of an alleged offender so judges can better determine whether the person should be detained or not before trial. Although this metho...

Generocity

Grace Shallow

21 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Participatory defense, is a model that integrates the family into the legal defense of someone being prosecuted for a crime. Loved ones can bring in evidence like photos and records that speak to the character of the ...

The New Yorker

Sarah Stillman

5 November 2018

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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As incarceration rates of women in America continue to rise, Still She Rises, a project of the Bronx Defenders, uses a holistic approach to legal defense for incarcerated mothers in Tulsa, OK. Attorneys for the organi...

Gimlet Media

PJ Vogt

12 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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CompStat seemed like a miracle of technology and data when it was rolled out in New York City in the 1990s. Crime dropped as police leadership demanded precincts report every crime and what they were doing about it at...

WESA

Annette John-Hall

5 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, the participatory defense program helps people learn how to present themselves in a criminal case in a way that gives a more complete picture of who they are. They write a biography, get letters of su...

Yes! Magazine

J. Gabriel Ware

19 September 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Inspired by the documentary 13th, which explores race and mass incarceration in the U.S., and frustrated by the amount of youth getting caught in criminal court, four black female judges decided to create a youth prev...

NPR

Joel Rose

Keith Romer

29 August 2018

New Jersey, United States

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Although California has become the first state to eliminate the cash bail system, New Jersey has been using an algorithm for the last 18 months to combat the economic injustice created by the system. This bail reform,...

KUOW

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

15 August 2018

Ohio, United States

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Ohio has invested heavily in new technology and processes to improve and streamline the testing of rape kits. As Washington grapples with limited resources and lab inefficiencies, it looks to Ohio as an example of pro...

The Washington Post

Timothy Pratt

3 August 2018

South Fulton, Georgia, United States

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South Fulton is the only city in the U.S. to put black women in charge of its criminal justice system—from the judge, to the prosecutor, to the public defender. “The result: A focus on community policing, pretrial div...

The Marshall Project

John J. Lennon

9 April 2018

Attica, New York, United States

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1,875 cameras and 915 microphones is what it took to change a culture of abuse in Attica State Prison, notoriously known as one of the worst places to serve time in amongst prisoners. Since the installation of the cam...

Ms. Magazine

Lauren Young

30 March 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Justice Department’s National Center for Campus Public Safety Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault and Adjudication Institute offers trauma-informed trainings for campus officers, police officers, and school officials i...

WNYC

Brian Lehrer

21 February 2018

New Jersey, United States

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As New Jersey continues to reform its cash bail system, other states in the region look to it as an example. The state developed an algorithm called the Public Safety Assessment that considers an individual’s likeline...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

12 January 2018

Colombia

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Colombia’s 2016 peace accord has a chapter on gender and sections specifically responsive to women’s needs, such as an affirmation of women’s right to own land and the establishment of a special unit to investigate co...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Thomas Fox Parry

29 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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While there are many factors that have contributed to the sky high incarceration rates in the United States which have left prisons bursting at the seams, one of the causes remains the simple fact that the resources o...

The Marshall Project

Alysia Santo

22 September 2017

United States

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Public defender systems across the country are underfunded and understaffed. Viewed by progressives as a racial and class inequality problem, the issue is gaining major traction in red states under a different framing...

NBC News

Jon Schuppe

Matt Toder

22 August 2017

New Jersey, United States

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Although the cash bail system has long been used in the US criminal justice system, many argue that it is biased based on socioeconomic levels. To reduce this bias, criminal justice researchers and data scientists hav...

Bloomberg CityLab

Kriston Capps

14 August 2017

New York, New York, United States

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New York City passed the first law in the nation guaranteeing legal representation to any low-income resident facing eviction. Pilot programs in California show that the right to counsel levels the playing field betwe...

Truthout

Sharlyn Grace

25 July 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago’s Cook County Circuit Court, a new order was introduced to ask judges to only assign bail that could actually be paid by the individual. This new order could reduce the number of people who are in jail due ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

United States

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In an effort to reduce prison populations, some U.S. cities are enacting reforms that emphasize short, swift, and certain punishments for minor violations. Despite the hype, such reforms may be no better than existing...

The Atlantic

Maura Ewing

5 June 2017

Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States

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Public defenders' caseloads are too large for them to be able to provide the details that a loved one of an offender can provide in court. Participatory Defense programs train loved ones of the offender to be able to ...

The Baltimore Sun

Doug Donovan

Jean Marbella

26 April 2017

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore is home to the nation’s first housing court. Established 70 years ago, the court was supposed to hold landlords accountable for code violations, such as failing to provide heat, remove lead paint, or respond...

The Victoria Advocate

Jessica Priest

8 April 2017

Victoria, Texas, United States

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“Two million people with mental illness are booked into jails every year.” Mental health courts, would take into accounts a person’s illness, rather than solely focusing on the crime.

The Globe and Mail

Robyn Doolittle

10 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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If not properly investigated, sexual assault claims can be dismissed prematurely, disrupting the justice process and allowing offenders to continue hurting people. In Philadelphia, after an audit revealed more than 2,...

The Marshall Project

Robert Kolker

24 May 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Historically, police interrogations of suspects have been brutal and have involved torture. These strategies have also produced a high rate of false confessions. The HIG method, which encourages conversation in a comf...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 May 2016

United States

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Across the country, new criminal justice campaigns are seeking to redefine how criminal records are both accessed and interpreted. Given that current crime histories fail to denote context and stories of culmination, ...

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