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Orange County Register

Keegan Kyle

22 January 2013

Santa Ana, California, United States

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In Anaheim, the police department shifted the way they approach prostitution. Rather than arresting women, they began to target pimps, and send women to social services.”In 2010, Anaheim reported 76 prostitution-r...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 January 2013

Vermont, United States

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In Vermont, a judge and a family services organization created RapidReferal – a process which offers addicts treatment immediately and has lowered recidivism. Funded by Medicaid, the program has had demonstrable impac...

The Atlantic

Peg Tyre

25 September 2012

Staten Island, New York, United States

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For decades, no one at New Dorp public high school seemed to know how to help low-performing students, and unfortunately, this troubled population made up most of the school, which caters primarily to students from po...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 June 2012

United Kingdom

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When a government needs to invest in an expensive capital project — a new sewer system, bridge or highway — it issues bonds. The hot new idea in social programs – finance prevention programs to cut recidivism, reduce ...

The Times-Picayune

Jonathan Tilove

20 May 2012

Huntsville, Texas, United States

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Due to the cost of building new prisons and the cost per inmate, Texas has implemented a new model that encourages judges to send parolees to treatment programs rather than back to prison when they misstep. Texas is s...

The New York Times

Erica Goode

10 March 2012

Mississippi, United States

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A positive transformation in a Mississippi prison has become a focal point for a growing number of states rethinking the use of long-term isolation. Humanitarian groups have long argued that solitary confinement has d...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

19 December 2011

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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In Glasgow, gang violence was rampant and affected the youth of the community. Then a new initiative was started: VRU's Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV). This initiative focused on providing support to t...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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A group in New York called Friends of the Children identifies high risk kids in the city and mentors them for 12 years helping them become emotionally stable and capable adults.

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

27 September 2011

Washington, United States

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While critics argue that Naloxone isn't safe for over-the-counter use, some cities have found success distributing Naloxone to community members to help save lives of addicts who overdose. Naloxone can be administered...

The New York Times

Maia Szalavitz

22 September 2011

Massachusetts, United States

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related mortality. Naxolone, a drug used to revive overdose victims, is only available by prescription. Howev...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Many offenders get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees but face barriers to financing and job acquisition, sticking them in a punitive, vicious cycle of debt and arrest. A progr...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Felons get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees, acting as an often insurmountable barrier preventing them from reintegrating into society and staying out of jail. What's worse, ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen A. Graham

1 April 2011

Boynton Beach, Florida, United States

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school ca...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 January 2011

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The prison system is designed to fail - and it does. On the positive side, there are programs all over the country that recognize that helping prisoners remake their lives is both humane and cost-effective.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 December 2010

Tehran, Iran

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Two columns on how Iran is treating its massive epidemic of injecting drug use by tackling it as a health problem, effectively lowering H.I.V. rates among drug users using an approach to drugs known as harm reduction.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

29 November 2010

Tehran, Tehran, Iran

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Two columns on how Iran averted a major AIDS epidemic through needle exchange programs; a conservative theocracy is successfully treating drug abuse as if it were Amsterdam.

Pacific Standard

Vince Beiser

27 October 2008

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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In the midst of high rates of drug abuse, Vancouver’s city government has instituted harm reduction programs. These include a safe site for drug users, needle exchanges, changes in policing of drug use, and providing...

The New York Times Magazine

Alex Kotlowitz

4 May 2008

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In the earliest days of what has become the Cure Violence model of violence prevention using street-outreach mediators, the Chicago CeaseFire group began hiring former gang members and people recently released from pr...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

Brent Ward

29 October 2006

San Francisco, California, United States

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Making the transition from the street to permanent housing can be difficult - it's hard to force people to seek help. San Francisco works to help the homeless rise from the poverty cycle by pinpointing the most chroni...

SFGate

Kevin Fagan

6 December 2004

San Francisco, California, United States

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San Francisco's Care Not Cash program began in 2004 in response to the city's homelessness crisis. One facet of the program is an outreach team, whose members regularly visit homeless people on the street to connect t...

SFGate

Kevin Fagan

14 June 2004

New York, New York, United States

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In San Francisco, 23 percent of homeless people return to the street after transitional housing programs. A New York program gives the mentally ill and homeless individual apartments alongside average New Yorkers and ...

SFGate

Kevin Fagan

13 June 2004

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia reduced chronic homelessness by coordinating outreach through a centralized office and providing immediate access to housing and services such as counseling and drug rehabilitation. San Francisco is study...

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