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Rochelle Kwan

29 September 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In New York's and San Francisco's Chinatowns, groups responding to anti-Asian hate crimes and harassment illustrate the tension between community-led public safety efforts that either rely on the police for assistance...

Transitions Online

Kacper Sulowski

22 September 2020

Lithuania

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A series of methodically planned and publicized measures to improve traffic safety have significantly lowered Lithuania's highway fatalities in what is now serving as a model for safety advocates in neighboring Poland...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 August 2020

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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A nonprofit consulting firm, Prosecutor Impact, advances the cause of reducing incarceration and related reforms by helping reform-minded elected district attorneys confront one of the greatest obstacles to change: th...

The Appeal

Jessica Pishko

28 July 2020

United States

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Criminalizing domestic violence was considered a feminist-inspired advance for crime victims, but making arrests and prosecution the main responses to the problem has backfired in many ways. With funding and attention...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

15 July 2020

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The city of Santa Cruz is considering adopting a crisis-intervention strategy used in Eugene, Oregon, after two fatal police shootings of people suffering a mental health crises prompted questions about how an alterna...

USA Today

Lindsay Schnell

22 June 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Less than one month into its use of a crisis intervention team to handle mental health calls in place of the police, Denver’s one-year STAR pilot project has been flooded with calls and already has achieved success in...

Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Mendoza

19 June 2020

United States

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Just as the Emmett Till murder helped inspire protests in the civil rights era, which in turn led to the passage of civil rights and voting rights legislation, the protests over policing in 2020 already have sparked r...

Teen Vogue

Zach Schermele

17 June 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis school board’s vote to remove police from public schools arose not only from protests over the police killing of George Floyd, but also from a long-term advocacy project to end the so-called school-to-...

The Washington Post

Gregory Scruggs

16 June 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In Seattle's police-free street encampment that sprang up during protests over policing abuses, a mostly unarmed group of volunteer "sentinels" has defused a number of potential problems while largely avoiding the use...

Spectrum News 1 Ohio

Sheena Elzie

20 March 2020

Hamilton, Ohio, United States

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In Butler County, Ohio, law enforcement and jails are adapting quickly as the COVID19 pandemic continues on. They’re working with courts and judges to allow low-level and non-violent offenders to be released and have ...

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Mark Obbie

March 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In Rochester, NY, the Center for Teen Empowerment, a nonprofit that trains youth in community organizing, personal development, and anti-violence, is working to bring kids off the street and into safety. The program, ...

KUNC

Leigh Paterson

23 February 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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The Denver, Colorado, district attorney’s office assigned an investigator to methodically search for signs that domestic abusers possessed prohibited guns, and then uses that information to take the guns away. Firearm...

The Washington Post

Debbie Cenziper

23 January 2020

United States

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For 28 years, the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations, stripped more than 100 people of U.S. citizenship and deported them for their direct participation in Nazi war crimes. The most successful ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board

10 January 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since 2016, Chicago has seen a 37% decrease in homicides with a comprehensive, targeted approach toward violence. The city developed a multi-pronged approach, including a collaboration between foundations and funders,...

Desert Sun

Nicole Hayden

27 December 2019

Indio, California, United States

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In Indio, California, the Community Outreach Resource Program (CORP) partners law enforcement with social supportive services as a way of holistically working with people experiencing homelessness, mental health issue...

Mongabay

Fred Kockott

19 November 2019

Mozambique

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Protecting forests requires collaboration between conservation groups and government authorities. In Mozambique, the Peace Parks Foundation is working with support of the Mozambique government to protect the Zinave Na...

The Marshall Project

Matt Daniels

24 October 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In her first two and a half years in office as Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx lived up to her campaign pledge to prosecute fewer low-level crimes, divert drug cases to treatment, and focus more on gun violence. An...

The Trace

Alain Stephens

15 October 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Forensic Logic, a Silicon Valley startup, has developed a database called the Law Enforcement Analysis Portal (LEAP) that collects, streamlines, and analyzes police data in one, centralized digital portal. With forens...

The Trace

Champe Barton

9 October 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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With gun reform being a key legislative topic, the majority of time, energy, and resources have focused on preventing mass shootings, which amount to just 2-3% of gun-related homicides. The rest affect majority commun...

The Marshall Project

Anna Flagg

23 September 2019

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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A federal deportation program called Secure Communities has been around off and on since 2008, and is a collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration like Immigration and Customs Enforce...

Vox

Madeline Marshall

11 September 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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While most Americans and politicians from across the partisan aisle support universal background checks for firearm purchases, that system has shown to not be as effective as many think. Instead, states are implementi...

The Trace

Alain Stephens

21 August 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In San Diego, California, more than three Gun Violence Restraining Orders, or “red flag laws,” have been used to prevent gun violence. These laws have gained in popularity across the country, and allow courts to tempo...

The Daily Record

Emily Morgan

30 July 2019

Fairfield, Ohio, United States

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In 2017, Ohio’s Fairfield County built a new jail that, for the first time in a long time, met minimum jail standards. Using bonds, the new jail included an increase in the amount of living space, better security stan...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Melanie Vujkovic

16 July 2019

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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In Brisbane, the Queensland police officers have been adopting practices to strengthen community engagement with the goal of making the city’s residents feel safer. Some initiatives include learning Mandarin to better...

The Marshall Project

Mia Armstrong

16 July 2019

Idaho, United States

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The use of genetic genealogy technology has given law enforcement the opportunity to compare DNA that people have tested personally through companies like 23andMe to DNA collected at crime scenes. Recently being used ...

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