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The Washington Post

Katy Reckdahl

26 May 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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First 72+ is a New Orleans reentry agency founded by formerly incarcerated people to help others as they exit prison. That help focuses on everyday needs for transportation, housing, and emotional support. As in many ...

Stateline

Kristian Hernández

25 May 2021

United States

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At least 11 states have enacted laws that automatically seal certain criminal records, to help people find jobs and housing without long-ago mistakes posing unfair obstacles. Pennsylvania's 2019 law has helped an esti...

Yes! Magazine

Amanda Page

24 May 2021

West Virginia, United States

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Community reentry councils are helping formerly incarcerated people access the support they need to get back on their feet. The councils are a network of agencies and organizations that can aid in securing housing, em...

Grid Magazine

Constance Garcia-Barrio

23 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Restorative justice healing circles run by Cookman Beloved Community Baptist Church in West Philadelphia have helped resolve hundreds of disputes among youth over the past 15 years using dialogue instead of courts. Br...

Christian Science Monitor

Francine Kiefer

18 May 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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At the Los Angeles County Jail, two men incarcerated on pending murder charges created a homegrown approach to improving the care and conditions of confinement for people with serious mental illness. Their approach is...

The New York Times

Tammy La Gorce

14 May 2021

New Jersey, United States

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People in two New Jersey counties who were at risk of abusing opioids while on parole were given extra support services, and an immediate trip to rehab instead of back to prison when they slipped up. The pilot program...

Akron Beacon Journal

Sean McDonnell

13 May 2021

Akron, Ohio, United States

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People returning home to Akron from prison step into a community that needs healing, work that the formerly incarcerated can help with because of the lessons they can impart to younger people. But first they need thei...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

11 May 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Michigan prisons and the state's secretary of state teamed up to provide people leaving prison on parole with the one thing they often lack: valid personal identification papers. Without a Social Security card or stat...

100 Days in Appalachia

Amanda Page

11 May 2021

West Virginia, United States

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The West Virginia Council of Churches formed a network of community reentry councils to help people leaving prison line up basic necessities, from housing to employment. The councils use their members' community conne...

KSNW-TV

Carly Willis

10 May 2021

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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Kansas' only veterans treatment court started small, but it has proved the concept to Sedgwick County officials who want to copy its success. Veterans courts provide treatment in lieu of conviction and punishment for ...

Billy Penn

Michaela Winberg

6 May 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund freed more than 400 people from jail in 2020, thanks to $3 million donated amid the COVID-19 crisis and racial justice protests. Organizers of the Black Mama's Day Bailout, an annu...

WRTV-TV

Megan Sanctorum

6 May 2021

Columbus, Indiana, United States

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The Bartholomew County Jail's drug treatment program started in January 2020 with a rigorous application process, followed by about 400 hours of group and individual therapy for incarcarcerated people with drug abuse ...

Associated Press

Aaron Morrison

4 May 2021

United States

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Since 2018, The Bail Project has turned $41 million in donated money into cash bail to free more than 15,500 people in dozens of cities from pretrial detention. The project grew out of the work of Bronx Defenders, whi...

Portland Tribune

Jim Redden

28 April 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Multnomah County sold its unused Wapato Jail to a developer whose nonprofit partner has used grants and donations to turn the former jail into Bybee Lakes Hope Center, a residential treatment program for unhoused peop...

The Appeal

Katie Jane Fernelius

21 April 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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In his first months as the New Orleans district attorney, Jason Williams has pushed a prosecution-reform agenda that not only limits who gets sent to prison on the front end, but also takes a backward look at who shou...

The New York Times

Danya Issawi

Derek M. Norman

21 April 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont is the only state where no people incarcerated in prison died of COVID-19 in the first 12 months of the pandemic, and its infection rate is relatively low. The prisons took steps that other prison systems eith...

Grady Newsource

Grace Townsend

20 April 2021

Monroe, Georgia, United States

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In a community with a food insecurity rate of 11%, Walton Wellness provides dozens of families with a steady supply of fresh produce grown by volunteers incarcerated at the county jail. The program aims to go beyond s...

Granite State News Collaborative

Jordyn Haime

20 April 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire's 40-year-old system of diverting many juvenile prosecutions away from courts and incarceration, and into community-based restorative justice programs, has saved public money, lowered youth crime rates, ...

Granite State News Collaborative

Jordyn Haime

20 April 2021

Vermont, United States

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Reacting to troubling trends in incarceration in the 1980s, Vermont legislators created a system of community justice centers to give its justice system a distinct rehabilitative rather than punitive slant. The CJCs e...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Alasdair Lane

20 April 2021

London, United Kingdom

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The Clink operates in four British prisons, teaching haute-cuisine cooking skills and then helping its formerly incarcerated trainees establish productive lives once they're released. The training inside prison featur...

Granite State News Collaborative

Jordyn Haime

20 April 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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In some New Hampshire counties, diversion programs give some people charged with generally low-level crimes the opportunity to make amends, get treatment for underlying problems, and move on in life without a criminal...

Civil Eats

Lela Nargi

19 April 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Reentry programs for people recently released from prison rarely focus on nutrition, must less provide cooking demonstrations. But the Fortune Society hosts 200 formerly incarcerated people at a weekly demo as part of...

PBS NOVA

Christina Couch

19 April 2021

United States

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The movement to promote science education and careers among people who are currently or formerly incarcerated is making slow but real progress. Programs like the National Science Foundation's STEM Opportunities in Pri...

Dissent Magazine

Michelle Chen

16 April 2021

Penobscot Indian Island Reservation, Maine, United States

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Like standard drug courts, the Penobscot Nation's Healing to Wellness Court refers people facing drug-related criminal charges to substance abuse counseling as an alternative to punishment. But this court and other tr...

The Charlotte Observer

Devna Bose

13 April 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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The Mecklenburg County district attorney stopped prosecuting non-violent, low-level drug cases to free up resources to handle a backlog of more serious cases that built up during the pandemic. The policy had the effec...

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