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Max Blau

6 December 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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An entrepreneur and activist in Atlanta, GA runs an urban farm and employs former prisoners in an attempt to tackle Georgia's incarceration and recidivism problems. The program, called Gangstas to Growers, employs fol...

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Jordan Heller

27 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Evergreen Cooperative in Cleveland is on a path to make wealth and business ownership more accessible. They operate several cooperative businesses: a laundry and a solar panel firm among them, all of which choose to w...

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Maroosha Muzaffar

20 November 2018

India

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Beena Chintalapuri, a cognitive psychologist, trains inmates in elements of cognitive behavioral psychology in order to bring about change. An estimated 3,000 inmates have been taught through The Unnati program acro...

The Nation

Katie Rose Quandt

16 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Once deemed youthful “superpredators” condemned to spend their entire adult lives in prison, the peer counselors in Philadelphia’s Life After Life support group help other formerly incarcerated people transition back ...

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Andrew Graham

15 November 2018

Devils Lake, North Dakota, United States

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In rural North Dakota where clinical treatment centers are hard to find, a program called Free Through Recovery "seeks to drive down North Dakota’s prison rates by creating networks of sobriety and support around peop...

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Sandra Larson

2 November 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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When Juan Reid had a hard time finding a job after his release from prison, he finally founded a worker cooperative called Tightshift Laboring Cooperative. He wanted to create sustainable employment opportunities for ...

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Emily Nonko

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A collaboration between artists, lawyers, and community members has resulted in expungement clinics that clean or clear criminal records in a manner that is legally binding and emotionally therapeutic. Clinic attendee...

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Adam Skolnick

7 September 2018

Washington, United States

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After her client and friend gets sentenced to 13 years in prison at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, Laurie Dawson, an activist, sets out to reform prison practices. With the guidance of the Bangkok Rules,...

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Adrienne Day

7 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A project in the Bronx led by two formerly incarcerated women is testing whether transitional living/supportive housing meant specifically for women can help protect against recidivism. The Hope House currently provid...

The Crime Report

Megan Hadley

5 September 2018

United States

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The number of youth confined in U.S. detention facilities has dropped by nearly half since 1997, saving money and reducing recidivism. A report by the Justice Policy Institute says this has made communities safer, but...

PBS NewsHour

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William Brangham

31 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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After years of being the incarceration capital of America, Louisiana began changing its laws in 2017 to cut the number of people in prison, prompting a drop of seven percent in the prison population and savings of $12...

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Zoe Sullivan

30 August 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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A nonprofit launched by formerly incarcerated men in New Orleans addresses some of the immediate challenges people face in the first 72 hours coming out of prison. The First 72 offers them a place to go, which can be ...

The Atlantic

Alexis C. Madrigal

29 August 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Building on the Last Mile program that teaches inmates to code in some California prisons, Slack launched an apprenticeship program for the formerly incarcerated. It's a small initiative compared to the vast need, but...

Christian Science Monitor

Nissa Rhee

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago has seen a decline in violence, and one neighborhood in particular has led the way, nearly halving its shootings and homicides. Police in Englewood have changed how they work with the community and where they ...

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...

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Brianna Kelly

1 August 2018

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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Michigan Works! Southeast is an organization that, among other things, is helping Michigan residents with criminal records get those records expunged in order to increase their job opportunities in the future. By simp...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

26 July 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In Wisconsin, the Department of Corrections is tailoring their prison education programs to meet the needs of the job market, and it is benefitting former inmates as well as the economy. Milwaukee Area Technical Colle...

The Marshall Project

Nicole Lewis

18 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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More states eye virtual reality to help inmates, jailed since they were teenagers, adapt to a very different world. Since a Supreme Court decision mandated the release of nearly 2,000 inmates sentenced as juveniles to...

The Marshall Project

Ashley Nerbovig

10 July 2018

Pennsylvania, United States

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A number of states have passed reforms aimed at helping people coming out of incarceration get licenses that are key to well-paying jobs, which in turn help people stay out of prison. But there are still numerous hurd...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

3 July 2018

Wasilla, Alaska, United States

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Prisons can reduce recidivism if they provide people who are incarcerated with drug and alcohol treatment, as it helps inmates address underlying issues. People who have been in and out of prison tell their stories ab...

Politico

Lisa Rab

28 June 2018

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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Joe DeLoss's startup, Hot Chicken Takeover, does more than just sell fried chicken in Columbus, Ohio -- the startup hires former prisoners, using "fair chance" standards and providing benefits and services to give tho...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

26 June 2018

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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A nonprofit in Charleston, South Carolina, uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help formerly incarcerated men shift their mindsets in order to meet the hefty challenges they face re-entering society. Turning Leaf Pro...

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Gabrielle Hernandez

17 May 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The organization Southerners on New Ground is helping reform the criminal justice system in the south. Activists won a small victory in Atlanta, where the mayor and city council approved a resolution that replaced cas...

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Julie Christie

16 May 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Nonprofits in the Philadelphia area work to bring education to offenders who are in corrections facilities, as well as those who are re-entering into the world. Research shows that, with access to classes, novels, and...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Brian Edwards

1 May 2018

Auburn, Alabama, United States

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Reaching out to juvenile offenders with support and services, rather than putting them in jail, reduces recidivism and can save public money. A program called Youth Villages is instrumental in helping youth offenders ...

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