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KSDK-TV

Christine Byers

28 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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When people emerge from long prison sentences, they can be in a hurry to put their lives back on track. But, when enrolled in a voluntary re-entry program called the Concordance Academy of Leadership, they first must ...

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Roshan Abraham

27 January 2021

Michigan, United States

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A new law in Michigan will automatically expunge misdemeanors and felonies after several years, making it easier to find employment for those who have a record. The automatic nature of the expungement removes the barr...

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Julia Métraux

26 January 2021

United States

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In its first year, the Prison Journalism Project published hundreds of articles by more than 140 incarcerated writers in 28 states. The project provides journalism-skills training and then a platform for the work of i...

The Laconia Daily Sun

Roberta Baker

25 January 2021

Laconia, New Hampshire, United States

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Compass House provides safety and support for women, many of them newly released from incarceration, who struggle with substance misuse issues or mental illness. The transitional housing program is the first of its ki...

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Chase DiBenedetto

24 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs has graduated 1 million people from its eight-week program that teaches incarcerated people how to start their own low-capital businesses. An extension of a free online entrepreneurship course...

KSDK-TV

Christine Byers

21 January 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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St. Louis' Concordance Academy of Leadership turns the traditional approach to prison re-entry programs on its head. Rather than pushing people just released from prison to find housing and a job, the academy pays its...

The Marshall Project

Keri Blakinger

19 January 2021

United States

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When the pandemic forced jails and prisons to ban educational classes and cut off visits between outsiders and their loved ones behind bars, some jailers opened their facilities to remote-learning and -visiting tools....

Global Press Journal

Evidence Chenjerai

14 January 2021

Zimbabwe

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As part of the coronavirus lockdown in Zimbabwe, people were banned from visiting prisons, but a mobile app has allowed relatives to send supplies to those who are incarcerated via their cellphone. This newest initiat...

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Andrew Stelzer

Sarah Shourd

14 January 2021

Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Los Angeles County's Office of Diversion and Reentry has moved about 6,000 people out of jails and into programs providing mental health care, drug treatment, housing, and job training at a cost that is about one-fift...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Catie Cheshire

Sinead Hickey

Miles Green

12 January 2021

Arizona, United States

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Arizona's Inmate Wildfire Program trains incarcerated people to fight wildfires, paying them low prison wages to provide a critically needed service as wildfires grow more common. Members of the only all-female crew, ...

Flint Beat

Amy Diaz

10 January 2021

Flint, Michigan, United States

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A new Juvenile Justice Center that will focus on trauma-informed treatment of children rather than simply jailing them is still more than one year from completion. But, in the years leading to its opening, the county'...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Paul Cuno-Booth

9 January 2021

Keene, New Hampshire, United States

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Cheshire County Drug Court provides intensive drug addiction treatment, behavioral therapy, and other services to help people charged with crimes whose drug problems are their underlying problem. Since 2013, it has he...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Paul Cuno-Booth

7 January 2021

New Hampshire, United States

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Prosecutors often make decisions about which criminal charges can be resolved by addressing underlying problems and holding people accountable for petty offenses without incarcerating them. Police-led diversion progra...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Paul Cuno-Booth

5 January 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont's decades-old court diversion program uses restorative justice practices to erase criminal records and give people charged with lower-level offenses a shot at being held accountable, and giving back, without i...

Helena Independent Record

Phoebe Tollefson

4 January 2021

Montana, United States

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A set of criminal justice reforms enacted in Montana in 2017 that were meant to reduce incarceration and reinvest some of the savings in crime prevention programs has had little effect on the prison population. The st...

The Seattle Times

Manuel Villa

Nina Shapiro

3 January 2021

Washington, United States

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Nearly three decades after Washington voters made their state the first to enact a three-strikes law, imposing life imprisonment for repeated, serious offenses, some prosecutors have found ways to avoid the law's effe...

Missouri Independent

Rebecca Rivas

30 December 2020

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Missouri legislators passed a law in 2019 clarifying that prosecutors can divert criminal cases to social services and healthcare agencies even before charges are filed. Small experiments that had been taking place in...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

29 December 2020

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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An array of services in Pima County, Arizona, greets hundreds of people getting released early from jail or helps keep them out of jail in the first place. By providing drug treatment, housing, job assistance, and oth...

Grist

Anna Deen

23 December 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Solitary Gardens is an art project that protests prisons' solitary confinement conditions. Incarcerated people connect with volunteers on the outside who plant flowers, vegetables, or herbs in beds matching the tiny d...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Courtney Duchene

22 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's largest medical-marijuana dispensary, TerraVida Holistic Centers, struggled to find enough employees, given the state's ban on the industry's employment of people with marijuana convictions, TerraV...

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Jared Brey

15 December 2020

King County, Washington, United States

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Single parents readjusting to life after incarceration face numerous hurdles to re-entering society. A housing program in Seattle now provides access to transitional housing alongside services that help parents reconn...

Bangor Daily News

Erin Rhoda

9 December 2020

Colorado, United States

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A Colorado law enacted in 2016 requires law enforcement officers to disclose their past disciplinary records when seeking a new job at a different agency. By making such disclosures automatic, the law standardizes hir...

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 Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

2 December 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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PowerCorpsPHL and Mural Arts' Guild have notched impressive results in job placements of young people with criminal records. The programs' employment training, paid apprenticeships, and art therapy classes have all be...

The Intercept

Jordan Smith

26 November 2020

Tyler, Texas, United States

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Crisis-intervention and de-escalation trainings for police were meant to reform the criminal justice system's handling of people suffering from mental illness. But a lack of rigorous standards in the training and use ...

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