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The Marshall Project

Jamiles Lartey

Maggie Koerth

1 June 2020

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Half a century of research showing the dynamics of how protesters and police interact under pressure teaches that when police respond with escalating force, it doesn’t work. But police continue to lean on such tactics...

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...

The New York Times

Tracey Tully

Kevin Armstrong

1 June 2020

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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Through a combination of protesters’ vigilance, mayoral leadership, anti-violence interventions, and de-escalation by police, Newark managed to avoid the violence that marred other cities’ responses in the initial bur...

The New York Times

Shaila Dewan

Serge Kovaleski

30 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Derek Chauvin's journey through the Minneapolis Police Department’s officer-disciplinary system illustrates the weaknesses of that system and the failure of efforts to fix it. Chauvin, the officer charged in the death...

The Marshall Project

Simone Weichselbaum

Jamiles Lartey

28 May 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minneapolis Police Department’s repeated failures to reform a broken police-discipline system underscore the lack of public trust that exploded in local and nationwide protests after an officer with a troubled rec...

MassLive

Scott J. Croteau

26 March 2020

Massachusetts, United States

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As communities work to contain the coronavirus outbreak, the risk for emergency responders to contract the illness is high; but in Massachusetts, departments are putting new practices and plans into place to address t...

Chicago Tribune

Annie Sweeney

25 February 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Over the past 14 years, the city of Chicago has been running a Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) to help divert youth away from the criminal justice system. The goal of the program, which took a $5 milli...

Yes! Magazine

Isabella Garcia

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9 January 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a coalition of organizers and community members called Reclaim the Block advocates for divestment from the city's police force and into more community-based initiatives and services. Advocat...

YR Media

Zari Tarazona

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8 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has made a concerted effort toward reducing the number of youth being arrested in schools. Leadership, including the school police commissioner and district attorney, changed procedures so that youth, ins...

WOSU

Adora Namigadde

23 December 2019

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In Columbus, Ohio, a team of police officers and mental health professionals responds together to police calls in an effort to promote community-oriented policing. The approach has reduced arrests and helped to connec...

Dallas Observer

Lucas Manfield

10 December 2019

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Determined to break a damaging cycle of arrests for people experiencing mental health crises, Dallas has started sending teams of social workers and emergency responders instead of just police officers to these 911 ca...

Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

Eleanor Klibanoff

5 December 2019

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The way in which Kentucky’s Louisville Metro Police Department handles rape cases has come into question. The department’s low level of cases being brought to trial is because of the extra step police officers take: c...

Associated Press

Martha Irvine

25 November 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Community members and local organizations on the South side of Chicago collaborate to reclaim their neighborhoods from crime, violence, and poverty by engaging in community conflict resolution, policing and networks o...

WXIA-TV

Rebecca Lindstrom

Lindsey Basye

12 November 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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To address animal cruelty in Pennsylvania, a team of law enforcement officers are receiving special training to better identify and prosecute the guilty. This effort gives limited enforcement powers to those trained a...

CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall

Brian Howey

7 November 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In the past decade, Seattle has reduced their use of force by 60 percent. Spurred by a court order, the reduction comes from greater de-escalation training, stricter, more nuanced policies, and more collaboration betw...

The Trace

Champe Barton

6 November 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In 2013, Detroit’s law enforcement agencies started using focused deterrence – a method that uses data to identify at-risk individuals – to decrease the rate of violent crime in the city. The method, part of the natio...

CALmatters

Laurel Rosenhall

26 October 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle has taken a comprehensive approach to police reform, including forming a community police commission, the development of policies on appropriate weapon use, more oversight on police force, and the creation of ...

Wired

Louise Matsakis

24 October 2019

Austell, Georgia, United States

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Cobb County, Georgia installed new license plate surveillance technology, loaned to them by the Atlanta-based company, Flock Safety. After installation, the test area saw a dramatic decrease in crime, to which Flock t...

CityLab

Michael Friedrich

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23 October 2019

Stockton, California, United States

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The city of Stockton police department has embarked on a number of initiatives in the hopes of building trust between them and the communities they work for. With initial funding from the Department of Justice, the de...

The Trace

Ann Givens

11 October 2019

Loughborough, England

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A collaboration between England’s Loughborough University, the UK’s Ministry of Defence, and a company called Foster + Freeman has led to a new technology that can pull fingerprints from shell casings. What was once a...

Indianapolis Star

Casey Smith

Ryan Martin

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18 September 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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Under new leadership, Indianapolis has seen a drastic decline in fatal police shootings. While the new police chief, Bryan Roach, shares credit with his entire force, many credit his new policies for the decline. Init...

The Atlantic

Mark Obbie

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11 September 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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With support for a New York-based grant program, Buffalo has been trying various evidence-based approaches to decrease violence, especially gun violence, in the city. The grant program, Gun Involved Violence Eliminati...

Buzzfeed

Amber Jamieson

16 August 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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California’s Los Angeles Police Department has built mental health into its force. The department has 16 psychologists on staff, offering free counseling and debrief sessions after traumatic incidents. As the New York...

WRAL-TV

Amanda Lamb

9 August 2019

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

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Across the United States, 95 percent of law enforcement agencies have started using body cameras. In North Carolina, the majority of departments have started using such technology in the hopes of increasing transparen...

Flatland

Brian Perlman

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1 August 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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After piloting anti-violence initiatives across the city, leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, are re-evaluating their approach. While the steps taken to curb gun violence were similar to others across the country, here,...

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