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Sarah Gonzalez

10 October 2016

New Jersey, United States

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Many minors, especially those who are black or hispanic, are tried and sentenced as adults. A new New Jersey law requires minors to at least begin their sentence in juvenile facilities, but there are still problems.

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

8 October 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A New Mexico network of native schools, called the NACA-Inspired Schools Network, addresses the failure of traditional schooling to incorporate native culture into lessons by designing a culturally relevant curriculum...

Next City

Ann Babe

26 September 2016

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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If you’ve ever been to a music festival, you’ve probably stepped inside a chemical toilet. The blue, plastic toilets, are meant to be temporary. However, in post-Apartheid, Cape Town, they are permanent fixtures for a...

The Chicago Reader

Maya Dukmasova

25 August 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Police abolitionism, an idea that strikes many as fanciful and dangerous, lies at the root of many community projects in Chicago that have demonstrated on a small scale the ways that problems can be solved without pol...

Buzzfeed

Caroline O'Donovan

24 August 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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The location-based social network Nextdoor responded to criticism about racial profiling on its site by revamping the platform. The company collaborates with many public agencies and Oakland’s mayor said the city’s de...

Jackson Free Press

Arielle Dreher

17 August 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Alternative programming that involves "restorative justice" models - such as having youth within the criminal justice system create art as a means of self expression instead of detaining them in a prison-like facility...

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Johnny Magdaleno

5 August 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Windsor, Ontario has a similar economic industry as its neighbor Detroit Michigan; however, Detroit has substantial low-income Black communities compared with Windsor. The Movement for Black Lives has created a six-pi...

WYPR

Jonna McKone

4 August 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In the past, debate teams have lacked diversity and have been mostly compromised by white students. Beginning in the 1990s, Urban Debate Leagues engaged minority students and challenged the traditional style of debate...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 August 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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With the police killings of Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, and other black lives across the country, the problem remains how to reform police departments and reduce excessive force on unarmed men and women. Procedural...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

26 July 2016

Stockton, California, United States

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The increase of violence between the police and Black communities across the country requires a reconstruction of the relationship that addresses empathy, trust, and crime reduction. The Department of Justice has deve...

The Huffington Post

Rebecca Klein

25 July 2016

New York, New York, United States

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While many of America's classrooms are increasingly diversifying, the demographic makeup of their educators is not, and turnover of minority teachers remains high. A program in New York City called NYC Men Teach is wo...

The New York Times

Katie Rogers

13 July 2016

North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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With so much police brutality upon black men in the news, police departments across the country have been perceived with suspicion and fear. A police officer in North Little Rock has sought to change the perspective o...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

9 July 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Educators in the Seattle area are making a move to desegregate schools by removing track-based course structures. Inspired by the work and research of one school in New York, Washington is seeing results in closing th...

San Francisco Chronicle

Spencer Whitney

7 July 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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Suspensions make kids, especially minorities, fall behind in class and drop out, elevating the risk of incarceration. The Restorative Justice Initiative, in Oakland, has been credited with helping to reduce suspensio...

PBS Frontline

Jelani Cobb

Anya Bourg

28 June 2016

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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The Department of Justice has ordered the Newark Police Department to make reforms to its policing practices, so that public safety will not compromise the human rights. An investigation into the NPD has shown that of...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

25 June 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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After leading Seattle’s storied Garfield High School for more than a decade, Principal Ted Howard is having a crisis of conscience, wondering if his hard line with youth of color is hurting the very students he most w...

Slate

Dani McClain

9 June 2016

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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To diversify America's disproportionately female and white set of teachers, a coalition of colleges and universities is working to train black men to become teachers. The training programs emphasize the financial bene...

The Guardian

Jason Motlagh

9 June 2016

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety uses controversial monthly cash stipends among the incentives it gives to young men it’s trying to steer away from street violence. While the program's first years ...

WNYC

Beth Fertig

8 June 2016

Fort Greene, New York, United States

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A school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has been specifically engineered to reflect the true diversity of NYC. It's one of the only schools in the district that does so: 39% white, 33% black, 20% combined Hispanic and Asi...

Civic Hall

Jessica Mckenzie

3 June 2016

New York, New York, United States

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New York Public Libraries are closing the digital divide by offering tech trainings, that have already been very successful as indicated by their long waitlists. Attention is now turned towards growing these programs,...

ProPublica

Julia Angwin

Jeff Larson

23 May 2016

United States

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Risk assessments are supposed to make the criminal justice system better by predicting which defendants are likely to commit new crimes. Defendant scores are given to judges during criminal sentencing in nine states, ...

Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

4 May 2016

New York, New York, United States

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New York Police Department has Operation Ceasefire, in which a mother whose child was a victim of gun violence calls gang members at risk of perpetuating similar crimes. The effort aims to bridge the divide between et...

Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

4 May 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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In poor, crime-infected neighborhood with limited opportunities, where interactions with law enforcement are often toxic and punitive, and distrust on both sides is rampant. An integrated strategy is at the core of th...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

20 April 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago suffers from violence and tension between police officers and low-income predominantly Black communities. In 2011, the chief of police consulted with a network of university academics and began implementing “p...

Jackson Free Press

Donna Ladd

20 April 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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After going to prison themselves, John Knight of Jackson and Shanduke McPhatter of Brooklyn are living straight and determined to make changes. They work as "violence interrupters" in their neighborhoods, using an app...

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