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Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Stephanie O'Neill

9 March 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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LAPD's special team, the Mental Evaluation Unit, is teaming up police officers with mental health clinicians to better approach and address individuals suffering from a mental health crisis. Rather than sending them t...

Pacific Standard

Graeme Wood

3 March 2015

Colorado, United States

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In prison, most inmates are alienated from social practices and can be a tax burden for the states. The Colorado Correctional Industries is a program that positions inmates in different forms of labor such as making s...

Cosmopolitan

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

25 February 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A Department of Justice study reported that about 75 percent of those released in 2005 were rearrested, and women prisoners often have a harder time re-entering society after release. A New Way of Life (ANWOL) is a Lo...

Marketplace

Adriene Hill

23 February 2015

Sheridan, Wyoming, United States

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A new juvenile justice center in Wyoming begins the movement to bring greater technological advancements to the education of the girls living there. The Wyoming Girls' School provides them with the state of the art to...

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

15 February 2015

Toledo, Ohio, United States

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The toll that prison can take on young offenders is often irreversible. Cities and states are moving away from locking up juvenile offenders, offering treatment and other programs to prevent them from becoming hardene...

The Arizona Republic

Megan Cassidy

27 January 2015

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Assertive community treatment teams working through outreach-centered programs in Maricopa County have become an industry standard for treating those with persistent and severe mental illnesses who have recently been ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

16 January 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Crime is a result of many underlying social issues, but Crime Lab, a research organization with branches in New York and Chicago, is studying which simple solutions will have the most impact in their city. Cost-effect...

Deseret News

Lois M. Collins

10 November 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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Veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder number about one-fourth of military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, roughly 500,000 veterans so far. Inmates in prisons nationwide train...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

8 October 2014

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Gang violence reduction services are often centered on singular gang members, leaving a gap meeting the needs of those affected by gang activity. GIFT, the Gang Impacted Families Team, is working to expand support for...

Pulitzer Center

Britton Nagy

11 September 2014

Oslo, Norway

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Many prison systems around the world are focused on retribution rather than rehabilitation. With the lowest recidivism rates in the world, Bastøy Prison of Norway is committed to developing positive members of society...

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...

Kaiser Health News

Jenny Gold

20 August 2014

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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In the United States 20 percent of prisoners have a mental illness. San Antonio law enforcement and mental health workers pooled their resources and worked together to create a one-stop center for the mentally ill to ...

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.

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Kelsey Stein

24 June 2014

Deatsville, Alabama, United States

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To decrease the chance of formerly incarcerated individuals relapsing and ending up back in the prison system, the J.F. Ingram State Technical College in Alabama offers correctional education and vocational programs. ...

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...

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April Dembosky

30 April 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Health insurance sign-ups made available to all inmates at the San Francisco county jail, partnered with guidance from a clinic once they are on the outside, allows them to receive better care upon release, and may he...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

26 April 2014

Jonesboro, Georgia, United States

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In Clayton County, Georgia, the Second Chance Court is using a different tactic to give offenders the opportunity to move forward. The program, started in 2010, allows selected teens to attend counseling and classes –...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

26 April 2014

Jonesboro, Georgia, United States

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The deeper kids get into the court system, the more likely they are to get into bigger trouble - instead of being scared straight, they end up on what researchers call the school-to-prison pipeline. Courts in Clayton ...

The New York Times

Dax-Devlon Ross

2 April 2014

Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States

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Deep-end youth frequently have extensive criminal records, incomplete education histories and no formal work experience. These backgrounds make them hard to retain in programs and even more difficult to place in gainf...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

28 January 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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Girls Court brings an all-hands-on-deck approach to the lives of vulnerable girls, linking them to social service agencies, providing informal Saturday sessions on everything from body image to legal jargon, and offer...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 December 2013

High Point, North Carolina, United States

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The use of a gun in a violent crime can carry a penalty of 30 years or more in prison. High Point, NC, has been using call-ins for 16 years - a carrot-and-stick approach aimed at reducing violent crime and drugs in th...

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 New York Times

The New York Times Editorial Board

7 November 2013

Germany

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American corrections officials look overseas for a better approach to creating a system geared toward social reintegration rather than punishment alone.

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...

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