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What Does Police Reform Look Like In 2020?
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What Does Police Reform Look Like In 2020?
Calls for police reform have resulted in budget cuts, new policies, and a record number of police oversight measures landing on the 2020 ballot.
October 25, 2020

Calls for police reform have resulted in budget cuts, new policies, and a record number of police oversight measures landing on the 2020 ballot.

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Robot Lawyer Helps People Connect With Incarcerated Loved Ones
Robot Lawyer
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Robot Lawyer Helps People Connect With Incarcerated Loved Ones
DoNotPay’s robot lawyer can now help people write and send letters to inmates without worrying about violating a facility’s mail rules.
October 21, 2020

DoNotPay’s robot lawyer can now help people write and send letters to inmates without worrying about violating a facility’s mail rules.

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Despite the Pandemic, Voting Rights Groups Help Register Voters in Jail
Despite the Pandemic, Voting Rights Groups Help Register Voters in Jail
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Despite the Pandemic, Voting Rights Groups Help Register Voters in Jail
Voting rights groups help inmates register and vote, despite hurdles presented by the pandemic.
October 17, 2020

Voting rights groups help inmates register and vote, despite hurdles presented by the pandemic.

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Police Budget Meetings Are Public—If You Know Where to Look
police budgets
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Police Budget Meetings Are Public—If You Know Where to Look
To get more citizens engaged in the local police budget decision-making process, Reinvestin.us posts exactly when and how.
July 12, 2020

To get more citizens engaged in the local police budget decision-making process, Reinvestin.us posts exactly when and how.

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Volunteers Build First Nationwide Database of Police Records
Police Records
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Volunteers Build First Nationwide Database of Police Records
Thousands of volunteers are data scraping public websites to compile police records into a single national database for researchers to mine.
July 9, 2020

Thousands of volunteers are data scraping public websites to compile police records into a single national database for researchers to mine.

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Qualified Immunity Might Not Protect Police for Much Longer
Qualified Immunity
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Qualified Immunity Might Not Protect Police for Much Longer
The U.S. government is considering changes to qualified immunity, a doctrine that protects police from civil lawsuits.
June 26, 2020

The U.S. government is considering changes to qualified immunity, a doctrine that protects police from civil lawsuits.

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How Police Spend Their Time
How Police Spend Their Time
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How Police Spend Their Time
The New York Times looks at how police spend their time at work, providing insights that could be useful for “unbundling the police” efforts.
June 24, 2020

The New York Times looks at how police spend their time at work, providing insights that could be useful for “unbundling the police” efforts.

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Do Police De-Escalation Techniques Work?
de-escalation
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Do Police De-Escalation Techniques Work?
The public is calling on law enforcement to find alternatives to using force. But do de-escalation tactics actually work?
June 22, 2020

The public is calling on law enforcement to find alternatives to using force. But do de-escalation tactics actually work?

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Your Smartphone Can Help End Police Misconduct
Police Misconduct
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Your Smartphone Can Help End Police Misconduct
There are now apps, websites, and phone shortcuts designed to help you not only document police misconduct, but also report and protect it.
June 19, 2020

There are now apps, websites, and phone shortcuts designed to help you not only document police misconduct, but also report and protect it.

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Converting Prisons Into Farms, Community Centers, and Shelters
prisons
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Converting Prisons Into Farms, Community Centers, and Shelters
Across the U.S., prisons, jails, and detention centers are being transformed from facilities that confine people into ones that support them.
June 18, 2020

Across the U.S., prisons, jails, and detention centers are being transformed from facilities that confine people into ones that support them.

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Why Juneteenth (June 19) Could Soon Be a National Holiday
Juneteenth
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Why Juneteenth (June 19) Could Soon Be a National Holiday
Across the U.S., companies and governments are starting to officially recognize Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday also known as Black Independence Day.
June 18, 2020

Across the U.S., companies and governments are starting to officially recognize Juneteenth, the June 19 holiday also known as Black Independence Day.

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Rethinking Public Safety: Are Police Always Needed?
Public Safety
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Rethinking Public Safety: Are Police Always Needed?
The mobile mental health service CAHOOTS handles public safety calls related to mental or behavioral health for the Eugene Police Department.
June 17, 2020

The mobile mental health service CAHOOTS handles public safety calls related to mental or behavioral health for the Eugene Police Department.

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This Atlanta Jail is Being Replaced with a "Center for Equity"
Decarceration
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This Atlanta Jail is Being Replaced with a "Center for Equity"
A decarceration project will see a 1,100-bed Atlanta jail transformed into a “Center for Equity” to serve the local community.
June 17, 2020

A decarceration project will see a 1,100-bed Atlanta jail transformed into a “Center for Equity” to serve the local community.

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Street Medics Tend to Protesters in the Midst of a Pandemic
Street Medics
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Street Medics Tend to Protesters in the Midst of a Pandemic
Across the U.S., groups of volunteer street medics are dispensing medical care to police brutality protestors in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
June 15, 2020

Across the U.S., groups of volunteer street medics are dispensing medical care to police brutality protestors in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

#fixingjustice - Policing
5 Must-Reads on American Police Reform
Criminal Justice Reform
#fixingjustice - Policing
5 Must-Reads on American Police Reform
In our weekly roundup, we take you inside the fight to reform America’s criminal justice system, exploring potential solutions to this complex problem.
June 13, 2020

In our weekly roundup, we take you inside the fight to reform America’s criminal justice system, exploring potential solutions to this complex problem.

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Cities Remove Confederate Monuments Following George Floyd Protests
Confederate Monuments
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Cities Remove Confederate Monuments Following George Floyd Protests
City officials are removing Confederate monuments in Virginia, Alabama, and several other Southern states in response to the George Floyd protests.
June 3, 2020

City officials are removing Confederate monuments in Virginia, Alabama, and several other Southern states in response to the George Floyd protests.

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Where the George Floyd Protests (and Responses) Have Been Peaceful
George Floyd Protests
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Where the George Floyd Protests (and Responses) Have Been Peaceful
The George Floyd protests remained largely peaceful in these cities, with protestors and law enforcement occasionally even standing shoulder to shoulder.
June 2, 2020

The George Floyd protests remained largely peaceful in these cities, with protestors and law enforcement occasionally even standing shoulder to shoulder.

#FIXINGJUSTICE - policing
Seeking Justice for George Floyd
George Floyd
#FIXINGJUSTICE - policing
Seeking Justice for George Floyd
Articles, thought leaders, and organizations worth paying attention to following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota.
June 2, 2020

Articles, thought leaders, and organizations worth paying attention to following the murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota.

#FIXINGJUSTICE - re-entry
Hope After Prison
Hope After Prison
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#FIXINGJUSTICE - re-entry
Hope After Prison
This former inmate is cleaning up his city and helping other ex-cons turn their lives around.
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June 8, 2019

When Will Aliva got out of prison, he’d paid his debt to society - but that didn’t help him pay his bills. Like many ex-cons, he struggled to find companies that would take a chance on hiring him. Too often, this roadblock results in ex-cons winding up back behind bars as they turn to old illegal activities to make ends meet. He decided to tackle the problem head on and founded a landscaping company, Clean Decisions, that...

#Fixingjustice - policing
F*ck a False Arrest: How to Get out of Jail Free in NYC
F*ck a False Arrest: How to Get out of Jail Free in NYC
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F*ck a False Arrest: How to Get out of Jail Free in NYC
Good Call NYC Fights Bad Policing With a Free Lawyer Hotline: 1-833-3-GOODCALL
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May 9, 2019

Late at night on the NYC Subway, he was arrested for the heinous crime...of not having a working subway ticket. Fortunately, he had an ace in the hole - 1-833-3-GOODCALL (1-833-346-6322), New York City’s free lawyer hotline. In America we all have the right to a lawyer. But news flash: not everyone can afford one, and even fewer have a number memorized for the legendary “one phone call” you get when you’re arrested. Now,...

#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
Freethink followed Andre T. Mitchell, the founder of Man Up!, and his violence interrupter team for a day in...
By Michelle Frankfurter
April 19, 2019

Freethink followed Andre T. Mitchell, the founder of Man Up!, and his violence interrupter team for a day in Brooklyn as they responded to a recent shooting in a nearby neighborhood.

#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Should Violence be Treated As a Disease?
violence as a disease
#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Should Violence be Treated As a Disease?
Epidemiologist Dr. Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence says we need to treat violence as a disease and a public health...
April 19, 2019

Epidemiologist Dr. Gary Slutkin of Cure Violence says we need to treat violence as a disease and a public health crisis and employ the same types of strategies we use in medicine to treat violence.

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?
April 18, 2019

CBT is a promising way to reduce violence, so why has it been so hard to scale?

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
The Ride Home from Prison
The Ride Home from Prison
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
The Ride Home from Prison
The "Ride Home Program" sends drivers to pick up former inmates on their first day of freedom to help ensure a...
April 18, 2019

The "Ride Home Program" sends drivers to pick up former inmates on their first day of freedom to help ensure a smooth transition in those first few critical hours.

#FIXINGJUSTICE - harm reduction
24 Years For a Crime He Didn’t Commit
24 Years For a Crime He Didn’t Commit
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24 Years For a Crime He Didn’t Commit
When a prisoner serving a life sentence is suddenly found to be innocent, it often makes national news. But what happens after the cameras go away?
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April 18, 2019

There are around 2,500 exonerees in the U.S.—people who were convicted of a crime and then later proven innocent by their own doggedness or new evidence in a case. When they are freed from prison, their lives are often saddled by the same issues that hold back people who actually committed a crime—lack of education, no job skills or employment history, and the stigma of having spent years in prison. While their release is...

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This Former Wall Street Felon is Helping Ex-Cons Find Jobs
This Former Wall Street Felon is Helping Ex-Cons Find Jobs
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This Former Wall Street Felon is Helping Ex-Cons Find Jobs
Doing prison time changed this Wall Street trader’s life. Now he’s helping others get jobs after prison - and stay out for good.
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April 18, 2019

Richard Bronson’s story could inspire a movie—and that’s not far from what happened. He worked for the firm depicted in The Wolf of Wall Street before getting charged with financial crimes and spending 2 years in prison. While incarcerated, his eyes were opened to the inequities prisoners faced and how daunting re-entry to society was. He decided to do something about it. He started the website 70 Million Jobs, with the aim...

#FIXINGJUSTICE - SENTENCING REFORM
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
#FIXINGJUSTICE - SENTENCING REFORM
A Mother’s Wish for Her Son’s Killer
DeVitta Briscoe never had a chance to request a lighter sentence for the man who shot her son.
April 17, 2019

DeVitta Briscoe never had a chance to request a lighter sentence for the man who shot her son.

#fixingjustice - sentencing reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
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Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.
By Amanda Winkler and Lise Metzger
April 17, 2019

These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More...
Miriam Krinsky
#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More...
Her organization is bringing together a new generation of prosecutors with a shared vision of fair, compassionate,...
April 16, 2019

Her organization is bringing together a new generation of prosecutors with a shared vision of fair, compassionate, and responsible criminal justice reform.

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Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
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Can a New Breed of Prosecutor Reform Our Broken System?
Prosecutors are afforded a wide array of discretion within the criminal justice system and wielding that discretion appropriately could mean ending America’s mass incarceration problem.
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April 16, 2019

Emily Bazelon's new book Charged: The New Movement To Transform American Prosecution And End Mass Incarceration is an incredible tour de force that guides readers through America's broken criminal justice system through the eyes of two young people as they go through the system. The book reveals the breathtaking amount of power prosecutors wield in our modern legal system and highlights the ways that some reform-minded...

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Catalysts
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
Stopping Gang Violence with Love
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Stopping Gang Violence with Love
This nonprofit is doing the impossible - finding the 10% of gang members responsible for 90% of the crime, and leading them to successful, positive lives.
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July 10, 2019

“Society gave up on us” - but this community didn’t. Meet UTEC, the organization breaking the cycle of recidivism by helping hardened previously imprisoned gang members walk a better path in Lowell, Massachusetts. UTEC - or United Teen Equality Center - is a non-profit dedicated to stopping gang violence. Obviously, it’s not easy - in Lowell, MA there are over 25 gangs operating, and many gang members have been in prison...

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This Restaurant Gives At-Risk Youth a Second Chance
This Restaurant Gives At-Risk Youth a Second Chance
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Stand Together
This Restaurant Gives At-Risk Youth a Second Chance
Cafe Momentum offers an alternative to the revolving doors at Texas jails.
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November 5, 2018

Chef Chad Houser was a rising star in the Dallas restaurant scene, but after volunteering with kids in the criminal justice system, he felt a calling to do more. He gave up his job to start Cafe Momentum, a restaurant staffed by kids from the criminal justice system. They’re given year-long paid internships where they are taught the skills to succeed in restaurants and society. It’s his way of trying to fix the problems...

Hudson Link
For People in Prison, a Second Chance to Give Back
For People in Prison, a Second Chance to Give Back
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Hudson Link
For People in Prison, a Second Chance to Give Back
50% of people released from prison return within three years. This program is changing that.
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April 17, 2018

Nearly 50% of people released from prison return within three years. But less than 1% of graduates from Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison ever return. By offering college degree programs, their mission is to give people the tools to turn their lives around and give back to their communities when released. Freethink is proud to present this story in partnership with Stand Together. For more information on other...

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OGU: Original Gangsters United Ending Gang Violence
Can Former Bloods and Crips Unite to Break the Cycle of Violence?
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Catalysts
OGU: Original Gangsters United Ending Gang Violence
For the children of Dallas, these ex gang leaders may be their only chance.
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September 10, 2019

What do you get when former Bloods and Crips gang leaders come together? Original Gangsters United, a pathway to ending gang opposition, promoting peace, and saving younger generations from senseless violence. Antong Lucky is a former Bloods gang leader in Dallas, Texas. Like most children, Antong never aspired to be a part of a gang or to end up in prison. But sadly, many communities affected by peer pressure and gang violence leave kids with no choice. When Antong left prison, he began working to bring opposing Dallas gang leaders together to put an end to gang violence. And it worked.