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Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

9 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Black Lives Matters protests have been sustained by an autonomously organized mutual aid network providing a range of services for protesters and community members. Requests for information and assistance are sent usi...

The Community Voice

Jazzlyn Johnson

8 December 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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In its first year, Operation Liberation helped more than 30 people post bail to be released from the Jackson County Detention Center. The operation focuses on bailing Black people out of jail when their lack of money ...

The Current (Louisiana)

Christiaan Mader

23 November 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Once viewed as one of the nation's most brutal and corrupt police departments, New Orleans Police Department has earned steadily improving public support with a host of reforms. One reform that it took voluntarily, an...

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Nick Haines

19 November 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Missouri requires police to record the race of drivers from every traffic stop, a response meant to expose and ultimately reduce racial profiling in law enforcement. But, 20 years after that law took effect, Black dri...

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Jo Mathys

17 November 2020

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Frustrated by a tight labor market, two locally owned Grand Rapids employers discovered the virtues – economic, not just moral – of hiring formerly incarcerated people, whose gratitude for an opportunity translated in...

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Leigh Paterson

17 November 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Since Denver launched its Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) program in June, it has handled more than 600 calls for help with a mental health clinician and a paramedic instead of sending police officers. Modeled o...

Christian Science Monitor

Jingnan Peng

17 November 2020

United States

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The killing of George Floyd inspired a series of exhibits in Minneapolis featuring quilts made by over 100 artists depicting stories of racial injustices and also empowerment in the United States. These protest quilts...

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Renata Sago

16 November 2020

Miami, Florida, United States

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The spread of COVID-19 in jails prompted many releases from custody and a surge in donations to bail funds that pay for people's release. But those fixes have done little to address the underlying challenges of detain...

The New York Times

Blacki Migliozzi

Ashley Southall

Ali Watkins

15 November 2020

New York, New York, United States

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New York City established its Civilian Complaint Review board in 1993 to strengthen its police-discipline system, a response to complaints that police officers rarely were punished for harassment and brutality, especi...

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Vicky Diaz-Camacho

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Cody Boston

11 November 2020

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Crisis intervention training for Kansas City police officers does not reach the majority of the department and can fail to address a critical reason that police might use excessive force on people with disabilities. A...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

5 November 2020

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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The Colorado Pretrial Assessment Tool uses a formula to weigh the risk of releasing someone from jail while they await trial. While prosecutors say the tool is better than nothing, critics, backed by a study of the to...

Vox

Roge Karma

4 November 2020

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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By framing their police-reform proposal as an investment in community services rather than a bid to take money away from policing, the Re-Imagine L.A. County coalition of racial and criminal justice advocacy groups wo...

NBC News

Chloe Atkins

31 October 2020

Kentucky, United States

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More than 170,000 people with felony records in Kentucky won the right to vote in the 2020 election under an order by the governor. Although not as concrete as legislation, the governor's order at least temporarily re...

Belt Magazine

Kiran Misra

30 October 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As the first jail to serve as a polling place for the people incarcerated there, the Cook County Jail saw the highest number of votes cast in a primary election in decades during the spring primary. On two weekends of...

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Max Marin

29 October 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Since early 2019, a mental-health crisis response center, the West Philadelphia Consortium, has worked to get the police to call in the consortium's mobile crisis team to de-escalate crises and get people into treatme...

Flatland

Mike Sherry

Mary Sanchez

28 October 2020

Missouri, United States

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In 2000, Missouri passed one of the nation's first and most comprehensive laws aimed at ending racial profiling by police in traffic stops. But racial disparities have grown worse since then, with Black drivers far mo...

Concord Monitor

Alyssa Dandrea

18 October 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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New Hampshire's official response to nationwide protests of racial bias in policing lacks a critical element: a statewide database showing the race of drivers and passengers in police stops and arrests. Unlike neighbo...

The GroundTruth Project

Aysha Khan

14 October 2020

California, United States

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Pillars of the Community hires people incarcerated in local California jails to register new incarcerated voters and conduct civic engagement education behind bars. Pillars, a faith-based criminal justice advocacy gro...

The GroundTruth Project

La Risa Lynch

13 October 2020

Cook County, Illinois, United States

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Many people who are currently incarcerated still retain the right to vote, and as the 2020 election approaches advocates in Illinois are making sure that those who are in Chicago’s Cook County Jail have access to ball...

Second Wave Michigan

Al Jones

13 October 2020

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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In their Group Violence Intervention program, Kalamazoo police use "custom notifications" to intervene before street violence erupts. Working in tandem with community groups, the police tell likely shooters that more ...

BBC

Daniel Gordon

6 October 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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In the wake of George Floyd's killing by police in Minneapolis, where several officers failed to prevent one officer's actions, New Orleans police have been besieged by requests from police nationwide to export their ...

BBC

Daniel Gordon

Joshua Nevett

5 October 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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By training police officers to intervene when fellow officers engage in brutality or other misconduct, the New Orleans police department has reduced officers' use of force and increased public trust. After the killing...

Self Evident

James Boo

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Rochelle Kwan

29 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York's and San Francisco's Chinatowns, groups responding to anti-Asian hate crimes and harassment illustrate the tension between community-led public safety efforts that either rely on the police for assistance...

WBEZ

Elliott Ramos

29 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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As Chicago touts the latest in a series of anti-violence police units, a look back at the Violence Reduction Initiative launched in 2012 teaches lessons about how a program that claims credit for falling violence stil...

ProPublica

Robert Faturechi

29 September 2020

United States

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One of the most powerful tools used to reform policing practices, widely credited with restoring public faith in such troubled departments as the Los Angeles Police Department, is called a consent decree. The U.S. Jus...

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