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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...

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...

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...

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...

KXAN-TV

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...

KSAT-TV

Patty Santos

10 November 2021

Richmond, California, United States

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Richmond's Operation Peacemaker Fellowship pair mentors with young people at risk of violence, paying the youth a stipend if they meet particular goals toward a more stable and safe life. The mentors are former gang m...

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

Deena Zaru

9 November 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Programs like UCAN Chicago use "violence interrupters" to mediate disputes before they turn violent and to connect people at risk of violence to the services that will give them a chance at a more stable, peaceful lif...

North Carolina Health News

Elizabeth Thompson

8 November 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Community health workers with North Carolina Formerly Incarcerated Transition Program (NC FIT) counsel people recently released from jails and prisons to help them get the care they need for mental and physical health...

Appleton Post-Crescent

Chris Mueller

5 November 2021

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

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The Outagamie County Youth and Family Services agency makes restorative justice dialogue available to the victims of crimes committed by juveniles. After preparation with a trained mediator, the two parties meet to di...

Wired

Maytal Eyal

4 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Truce is a mobile app that lets people in crisis ask for help from volunteer conflict mediators without involving the police. The app connects people to social services and to volunteers who can help ensure tha...

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Jenee Darden

1 November 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Until Oakland joins the list of cities sending counselors and social workers on emergency calls concerning mental health crises, a grassroots program called Mental Health First is diverting a small number of emergenci...

WBEZ

Patrick Smith

1 November 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Radio

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Chicago is home to multiple street-outreach programs that target the people most likely to be shot or to shoot others, and that provide them with social services that keep them and others in their network safe. Progra...

What's Next Magazine

Michael Hovde

1 November 2021

United States

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DontCallThePolice.com went online at the height of the 2020 social justice protests to give people a list of resources when they need help and might otherwise default to calling the police. The site is a directory of ...

Wall Street Journal

Zusha Elinson

27 October 2021

Fresno, California, United States

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Advance Peace Fresno tries to turn youth away from violence through mentoring, job training, and by paying them a monthly stipend of up to $1,000 if they hit certain benchmarks in their rehabilitation. The program has...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Mark Wiebe

Hunter Funk

27 October 2021

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Since the early 2000s, when its overcrowded jail led to a decision to jail fewer people instead of adding more cells, Bexar County, Texas, has provided comprehensive help to people likely to end up jailed if social an...

Financial Times

Joshua Chaffin

23 October 2021

New York, New York, United States

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Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence is a city-funded crew of "violence interrupters," former gang members or the formerly incarcerated who have enough street credibility to de-escalate disputes in ways the police often c...

Mother Jones

Marisa Endicott

21 October 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Home Free is a small, transitional-housing program for women who served long prison sentences for crimes against or on behalf of their abusers. A population long neglected, the women are part of a community recovering...

The New York Times

Isayen Herrera

Anatoly Kurmanaev

16 October 2021

Sabaneta, Venezuela

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Rather than fleeing or fighting the twin threats to its business from criminal gangs and an aggressively anti-business government, the managers of Venezuelan rum-maker Ron Santa Teresa chose to make peace with both th...

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Juan Moreno Haines

15 October 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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To combat opioid overdose deaths among incarcerated people, the California prison system in January 2020 launched a treatment program that combines medication-assisted treatment with professional and peer counseling. ...

Santa Barbara Independent

Tyler Hayden

14 October 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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When California adopted a new law in 2020 allowing formerly incarcerated firefighters to petition to have their criminal records expunged and parole waived, the law excluded people with the most serious, violent offen...

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Hayley Zhao

6 October 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Dallas' Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team dispatches clinicians and social workers with police to 911 calls for mental health crises. Within two days, the team follows up to make sure people received the services...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

5 October 2021

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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In 2019, Mesa police began diverting calls about suicide threats to a crisis line, where trained mental health professionals could provide counseling or dispatch a mobile crisis unit. Then they placed mental health pr...

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Alexander Lekhtman

4 October 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Since Denver voters approved the decriminalization of the natural psychedelic drug psilocybin, the small number of arrests grew even smaller and one supporter of the policy sees growing interest in the therapeutic use...

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