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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...

Mother Jones

Tim Murphy

1 June 2014

Richmond, California, United States

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Since Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety began paying stipends to its “fellows” – the dozens of young men it works with at any given time who are deemed to be at high risk of gun-violence involvement...

Albuquerque Journal

Olivier Uyttebrouck

30 May 2014

Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States

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The 'throw-away' members of society often lack access to adequate healthcare. ECHO works to help those suffering from illnesses underplayed by local hospitals.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

28 May 2014

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Homelessness is still a rampant problem in the United States. The 100,000 Homes Campaign, an initiative launched four years ago, aims to help communities around the country place 100,000 chronically homeless people in...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 May 2014

Quincy, Massachusetts, United States

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Naloxone could be the secret to curing New England's heroin consumption. Trying to expand access to the life-saving overdose antidote is the real obstacle.

WNYC

Alisa Roth

16 May 2014

New York, New York, United States

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Thousands of New Yorkers are stuck behind bars for weeks, even months, because they can’t make bail. A non-profit fund that posts bail for clients has been changing that in the Bronx.

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 ...

Al Jazeera

Sarika Bansal

3 March 2014

Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Less than 1 percent of drug addicts in Africa receive treatment because the issue is disfavored by donors. The national government of Tanzania demanded evidence-based treatment options and is curbing relapses by distr...

The New York Times

Julie Turkewitz

22 January 2014

New York, New York, United States

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What happens when people can’t afford to pay bail? They plead guilty. That’s what happened in the Bronx Court System, which has “one of the most backlogged big-city courts in the nation.” One nonprofit, Bronx Defender...

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...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 December 2013

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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For years, Chattanooga has had one of the highest violent crime rates in the country. - last year, its rate stood at 863 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, 34 percent higher than Fayetteville's. But like Fayettevil...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rochelle Olson

13 December 2013

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Hennepin County Court, serving Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding area, has developed a co-parenting court – helping unmarried parents work together to raise their children, work through issues, and strengthen their ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 November 2013

Brockton, Massachusetts, United States

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Children are often punished for acting out without consideration of the root cause of their behavior such as a toxic home environment. A trauma center in Washington state is teaching educators to focus on making kids ...

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...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Stephanie Capper

20 October 2013

Kilis, Turkey

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Instead of outsourcing workers the International Blue Crescent relief agency, and Jordan's al-Zaatari cams, is employing Syrian refugees as teachers, doctors, and nurses. The aim is to create a self-sustainable refuge...

Governing

John Buntin

1 October 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is curbing homicides through an anti-violence initiative that uses social networks to rank people’s likelihood of killing and being killed. Police then do home visits and have personal conversations with peopl...

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...

San Francisco Chronicle

Jill Tucker

18 August 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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Young black males in Oakland are suspended more frequently and graduate high school at a much lower rate than their peers. A charter school specifically designed for African American boys focuses on providing them wit...

The Atlantic

Olga Khazan

13 June 2013

Ntcheu, Malawi

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Some groups are making strides at ending child marriage and female genital mutilation, practices that are common and yet dangerous. They're doing so by reaching out to the men in charge.

Education Week

Lesli A. Maxwell

31 May 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's progress in lowering the dropout rate is in part because of a network of charter schools around the city that provide small, alternative programs that specialize in serving students who have dropped out or a...

The Guardian

Daniel Boffey

4 May 2013

Copenhagen, Denmark

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In Copenhagen's fixing room, drug addicts are able to take intravenous drugs through the supervision of nurses. The room provides a clean environment with sterile needles that can be disposed of. Since it opened, ther...

Forth Worth Weekly

Lily Casura

3 April 2013

Forth Worth, Texas, United States

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Too often do veterans come back from fighting overseas to find little to no help in reacclimatizing to life at home. Programs in Tarrant County, Texas bring together a wide range of programs (housing placement, mental...

Mother Jones

Erika Eichelberger

21 March 2013

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Female sex workers in the United States face greater incidents of rape, drug abuse, health risks, and suicide, contributing to a high mortality rate. Incarcerating the number of prostitutes is also costly. Dallas Poli...

The Guardian

Erwin James

25 February 2013

Oslo, Norway

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With Norway having the lowest re-offense rate in Europe, the Bastoy prison in Norway not only demonstrates the effectiveness of this new approach, but also receives criticism that they treat prisoners with too much lu...

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