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Emily Nonko

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25 June 2020

San Quentin, California, United States

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San Quentin Prison's media created by the men incarcerated there have gone beyond rehabilitation of individuals to a broader mission of promoting criminal justice policy reform by reframing the narrative about those w...

Yellowstone Public Radio

Charles Bolte

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24 June 2020

Missoula, Montana, United States

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In response to COVID-19 infection fears, Montana jails rapidly shrank the numbers of pretrial detainees held on nonviolent charges in a demonstration of how quickly a change in policy – without even changing state law...

Bangor Daily News

Judy Harrison

16 June 2020

Bangor, Maine, United States

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Bangor drug court in Maine has turned to the use of Zoom to keep in contact with program participants during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although meeting via video call can disguise some physical symptoms of drug use, this...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

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16 June 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Nonprofit bail funds, which use donated money to pay the bail of low-income people held in jail on pending charges, have won the release of about 55 people in Detroit during the COVID-19 crisis. Beyond the immediate n...

Civil Eats

Christina Cooke

15 June 2020

Wagram, North Carolina, United States

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A former North Carolina prison has been reclaimed by the nonprofit Growing Change to teach sustainable farming to youth who otherwise might be doomed to their own prison terms without an effective intervention. The 9-...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

4 June 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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The Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program in Alamosa, Colorado, gives police officers the option of sending people to substance abuse treatment rather than straight into the criminal justice system. Used i...

New Mexico In Depth

Jeff Proctor

1 June 2020

New Mexico, United States

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New Mexico criminal justice officials joined forces to lower local jail populations by one-third in just 11 weeks, a rushed COVID-19 response that not only seems to have prevented widespread illness but also led law e...

Las Vegas Optic

Ryan Lowery

28 May 2020

Alamosa, Colorado, United States

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Alamosa, Colorado has lowered its jail population and the number of felony cases and arrests, and has broken the cycle of repeat offending, by diverting people with drug problems from prosecution into treatment. The l...

The Daily Collegian

Christina Baker

25 May 2020

Bellefont, Pennsylvania, United States

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Centre County, Pa., jail officials limited the spread of coronavirus inside its facility with extensive testing of all incarcerated people and staff, isolating those with the virus, barring visitors, and working with ...

KXAN-TV

David Barer

17 May 2020

Texas, United States

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In Texas, legislators and advocates are working to address mental health concerns for individuals entering or in the criminal justice system. For those already in jail, telepsychiatry is being offered to help rehabili...

KXAN-TV

Josh Hinkle

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17 May 2020

Lubbock, Texas, United States

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Experts, advocates, and lawmakers are working within the Texas prison system to help individuals experiencing incarceration access mental health care. A promising practice has been the use of telepsychiatry, or virtua...

The Huffington Post

Ryan J. Reilly

15 May 2020

San Pedro, California, United States

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By rapidly instituting mandatory testing of all inmates at a covid-19-stricken federal prison and segregating ill inmates, authorities reduced the number of new infections within weeks. At one point, nearly 70% of the...

Next City

Rikha Sharma Rani

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14 May 2020

District of Columbia, United States

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Washington, D.C. is piloting an approach called Thinking for a Change to help break the cycle of recidivism. The approach itself has been around since 1997, and it brings together individuals involved in the justice s...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

14 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative that gives formerly incarcerated people an income, and a second chance, under a corporate structure that attacks high unemployment from the ground up. Formed as a caterin...

Teen Vogue

Vikki Law

13 May 2020

New York, United States

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The Photo Patch Foundation helps connect children with parents who are experiencing incarceration. Using its website or mobile app, children can write letters and upload photos, which will then be printed and mailed b...

Gothamist

Beth Fertig

12 May 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Long the target of jail-reduction advocates, New York City’s Rikers Island jail released more than one-quarter of its inmates within the first two months of a coronavirus outbreak behind bars. The early releases stemm...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Rick Jurgens

11 May 2020

New Hampshire, United States

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Through the first week of May 2020, New Hampshire prisons and jails had avoided a COVID-19 outbreak after taking only modest prevention measures. There were no deaths and no reported cases among the more than 2,400 pe...

The Marjorie

Hannah O. Brown

Becca Burton

11 May 2020

Florida, United States

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Less than two years after Florida voters abolished the state’s lifetime ban on voting by anyone with a felony criminal record – a law that disenfranchised more than 10% of the state's voting-age people – an estimated ...

The Marshall Project

Alysia Santo

Elaine McMillion Sheldon

6 May 2020

Wetumpka, Alabama, United States

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Alabama’s Tutwiler Prison for women, once found to be one of the worst prisons for women in the country, has undergone major reforms to change its once-abusive culture. A key part of this has been a focus on pregnant ...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

4 May 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Across Colorado, grassroots groups have come together to create homemade masks for the state’s most vulnerable populations to protect against COVID-19. Two of those populations are Denver’s Downtown Detention Center a...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Daniel J McGraw

4 May 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland’s city jail has released close to 900 inmates in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in its overcrowded facilities. And the response isn’t unique – New York, LA, Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, and Housto...

Underscore

Sergio Olmos

27 April 2020

Texas, United States

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Specialty dockets are used in some states to provide extensive follow-up and supervision to help juveniles end gang affiliations. The enhanced supervision usually includes a curfew, frequent unannounced home visits, r...

NowThis News

Jennie Butler

26 April 2020

California, United States

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The California law firm UnCommon Law is helping people in prison make parole through group counseling and training. The firm facilitates conversations around insight, helping participants understand and explain their ...

Solitary Watch

Jean Casella

Katie Rose Quandt

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10 April 2020

Louisiana, United States

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, prisons are having to figure out ways to keep it from spreading across inmate populations. A popular response has been cell lockdowns, drawing criticism from advocacy organizatio...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

6 April 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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California’s governor signed an executive order allocating $50 million to lease hotel rooms for those experiencing homelessness after being released from prison as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While the hotel busi...

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