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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...

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...

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...

San Francisco Chronicle

Lizzie Johnson

10 November 2021

California, United States

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One year after California legislators created a legal opening for formerly incarcerated firefighters to use their prison training to land firefighter jobs on the outside, the system envisioned by the law's supporters ...

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...

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...

Los Angeles Times

Leila Miller

11 October 2021

California, United States

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Since the 1990s, California prisons' victim-aid office has arranged for crime victims to meet with the incarcerated people who harmed them or their family members. These victim-offender dialogues, a restorative-justic...

The Everett Daily Herald (HeraldNet)

Rachel Riley

10 October 2021

Washington, United States

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Washington state prison officials say they have tried for years to reduce their use of solitary confinement. They made some progress toward that goal until the pandemic. Despite that complication, hundreds still live ...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

30 September 2021

Graham, North Carolina, United States

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Benevolence Farm hosts a small number of formerly incarcerated women as live-in laborers growing herbs that end up in body-care products. The farming experience teaches marketable skills, as the women learn the finer ...

Belt Magazine

Nina Ignaczak

10 September 2021

Michigan, United States

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Between 2012 and 2017, the rate of recidivism, the number of people who return to prison after being released, was 71 percent across 34 states. Goodwill has a program aimed at lowering that called GreenWorks an indus...

Vail Daily

Kelli Duncan

9 September 2021

Eagle, Colorado, United States

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Eagle County's two problem-solving courts put treatment ahead of punishment when addressing crimes committed by people with substance abuse problems. Originally set up as one court, they now function separately to add...

News48

Francesco Ciampa

7 September 2021

Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy

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Magna Graecia University partnered with prison administrators in Catanzaro, Italy, to help two incarcerated men find a form of rehabilitation by writing their own lives' stories. In a process called autoethnography, t...

Colorado Newsline

Moe Clark

23 August 2021

Colorado, United States

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The Prison Arts Initiative program, jointly run by the Colorado prison system and University of Denver, puts personal expression through visual and performing arts at the heart of the prisons' mission to become less p...

Route Fifty

Allen Arthur

18 August 2021

California, United States

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Starting in 2017, California has grown more open to licensing formerly incarcerated people to work as lawyers. State licensing authorities set high barriers to entry to the legal profession in their "moral fitness" li...

FreshWater Cleveland

Cid Standifer

9 August 2021

New Mexico, United States

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While prisons generally have struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus among staff and incarcerated people, New Mexico's program to vaccinate staff has succeeded where others have failed. New Mexico prison an...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

29 July 2021

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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In Alamosa County, law enforcement officers who believe drug abuse is at the root of a person's criminal behavior can refer that person to treatment and other services, rather than arresting and jailing them. The Law ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

27 July 2021

Oregon, United States

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Lettuce Grow teaches gardening skills to 200 incarcerated people per year in 16 Oregon prisons and juvenile detention centers. The teaching includes college-level courses and hands-on gardening on prison grounds, whic...

KXAN-TV

Clare O'Connor

26 July 2021

Austin, Texas, United States

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Jail to Jobs pays youth while they get trained for jobs in construction, manufacturing, landscaping, and cooking. The youth come from youth detention, the streets, probation, and foster care and their trainers are for...

The Cut

Amelia Schonbek

21 July 2021

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Among the many restorative justice programs in the U.S., the Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue program was one of the few to arrange face-to-face dialogue between survivors and men who had violently abused women. This f...

PBS NewsHour

Amna Nawaz

21 July 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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For three days each summer, the Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) camp near Dallas gives girls an escape from their daily reality of being denied a normal relationship with their incarcerated mothers. Founded by a lawyer ...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

16 July 2021

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's Cook County Jail enabled 2,200 incarcerated people to vote in the November 2020 election by opening the jail to voter registration drives, civic lessons, distribution of voter education materials, two weeken...

Colorado Newsline

Moe Clark

16 July 2021

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Providing permanent housing with a menu of health and social services saved the city of Denver millions of dollars and stabilized the lives of hundreds of people. A three-year controlled experiment provided various se...

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