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Bernice Yeung

29 December 2021

United States

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The turkey and chicken industries have struggled with salmonella outbreaks that are more virulent and less responsive to antibiotics. The turkey industry responded immediately, forming a task force to study and fight ...

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Rucha Chitnis

28 December 2021

California, United States

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Legislation known as the Garment Worker Protection Act is being hailed as a game changer for workers in the fashion industry. Low wages, forced overtime, and sweatshop conditions are common for garment workers in Cali...

Santa Fe Reporter

Ted Alcorn

22 December 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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One of the nation's first programs using police officers to get people into drug treatment instead of jail succeeded at first, and inspired other programs throughout New Mexico. But the original Santa Fe program now s...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

16 December 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Modeled on a long-running and successful program in Oakland, Philadelphia schools' Relationships First program uses restorative justice to reform school discipline. The program follows a three-step approach to changin...

Model D

David Sands

14 December 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a coalition of nonprofits and organizations are coming together to transform buildings into resilience centers. A resilience center is a hub that people can go to for help, especially in moments of a natur...

Prime Progress

Ekpali Saint

13 December 2021

Benue, Nigeria

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In the nine years since its founding, Dream Again Prison and Youth Initiative has helped more than 2,000 incarcerated Nigerians prepare for success in work and life after they leave prison. Using mental health support...

The News & Observer

Aaron Sánchez-Guerra

11 December 2021

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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The Wake County district attorney worked with criminal-justice reform groups to hold a "warrant clinic" where people could apply to void arrest warrants that could land them in jail, with all of the financial and soci...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Michaela Haas

7 December 2021

Orange County, California, United States

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A Social Progress Index is measuring the quality of life for vulnerable populations through the use of an Equity Map. The detailed analysis looks beyond economic factors to weigh a multitude of factors such as opportu...

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Tamala Edwards

6 December 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's LandCare program has cleaned and greened 12,000 vacant lots, removing trash and other signs of blight. A study showed that the program led to a large drop in violent crime in the cleaned-up areas. A U P...

Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

6 December 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Public art initiatives bring more than a pop of color to communities. Tourism, street safety, and new jobs are all real and quantifiable benefits seen in cities like Philadelphia and Cincinnati. The process of collabo...

The Washington Post Magazine

Ted Alcorn

30 November 2021

Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States

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Since 2018, Judge Jason Lidyard of Rio Arriba County, N.M., has forged a new model for a drug court. Instead of demanding abstinence from drugs as the price to stay out of jail, Lidyard uses respect and personal relat...

Akron Beacon Journal

Stephanie Warsmith

29 November 2021

Akron, Ohio, United States

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Summit County, Ohio's juvenile court's Multidisciplinary Team Representation assigns a parent advocate and social worker to child-custody cases to help parents reunite with their children much more quickly than the sy...

Knox Pages

Grant Pepper

29 November 2021

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Year-round shelters for people experiencing homelessness are uncommon in north central Ohio, making Harmony House a vital resource for the community. The organization provides a place to sleep in addition to wraparoun...

The Hechinger Report

Danielle Dreilinger

26 November 2021

Cottonwood, Idaho, United States

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Idaho's nine prisons have more than 30 postsecondary educational programs geared to helping incarcerated people get hired in career-track, technical jobs after their release from prison. The prisons focus on jobs in d...

The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana

23 November 2021

Springfield, Missouri, United States

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Diaper banks are addressing a pressing need for families who have very few resources to buy diapers with. Federal funding such as WIC or food stamps cover nutritional needs and diapers are considered hygiene products,...

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Jake Clapp

21 November 2021

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Cities are contending with a rise in short term rentals which is exacerbating the already limited supply of affordable housing. The effort to rein them in includes fees being redirected to affordable housing funds, st...

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Mimi Schiffman

18 November 2021

Oregon, United States

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Beavers can be a tool in the fight against climate change. The dams that beavers build have multiple benefits for the environment. Studies show that beaver complexes are greener. They store so much water in the soil a...

PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz

Lena I. Jackson

18 November 2021

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A New Way of Life gives formerly incarcerated women something that most did not get from prison: treatment for the trauma that so many incarcerated women suffered from domestic violence. As an antidote to a system gea...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Ryan M. Moser

18 November 2021

Miami, Florida, United States

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At Florida's Everglades Correctional Institution, incarcerated men teach a course offered through a college correspondence school that can lead to certification to work as a wastewater treatment plant operator, a well...

The New York Times

Sarah Trent

15 November 2021

Philippines

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In the environmental sector there is still rampant sexism, women find it difficult to enter leadership positions and face discrimination, according to a six-author study. However, the study also shows that when women ...

CNN

John Blake

14 November 2021

United States

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Human Library is a nonprofit learning platform that allows people to borrow “human books” instead of books. Each person represents a group that faces prejudice or stigmas because of their lifestyle, ethnicity, beliefs...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

12 November 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque established a new city department, Albuquerque Community Safety, that handles some of the 200,000 calls to 911 every year for a range of low-level, non-violent problems that don't require a police response...

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Kevin Clark

11 November 2021

Arlington, Virginia, United States

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Arlington police and its entertainment-district bars and restaurants addressed rising violence and other crime by collaborating to prevent crime rather than banking on police alone to solve it through more arrests. Wh...

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Sarah Whites-Koditschek

11 November 2021

Mobile, Alabama, United States

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Home makeovers are increasing the stock of available affordable housing in Mobile. Instead of constructing new developments, the city is repairing vacant homes with federal housing funds, resulting in a “53 percent dr...

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Ayurella Horn-Muller

10 November 2021

Key West, Florida, United States

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Officials are joining forces with faith leaders and churches in order to pave the way for climate resilience. In Key West, Reverend Donna Mote is making a religious case for environmental preservation, clean energy, a...

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