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Freethink's 2019 Criminal Justice Week

There has never been this much energy and momentum behind criminal justice reform as there is today. In nearly every aspect, there is excitement and renewed optimism about delivering real reforms to help those who have suffered from a broken system for far too long. Freethink’s Criminal Justice Reform Week is focused on highlighting the most innovative reformers and ideas that are making real progress in reforming our criminal justice system.

Each day we will focus on a different aspect of reform and dive into the topic through a series of videos and written features. Subscribe for amazing videos all next week and use #FixingJustice to join the conversation.

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Meet The Phoenix, the free sober active community that’s using fitness to change how we treat addiction. Scott Strode, the founder, got sober with the help of a gym and wanted to help others with their recovery. Now thousands of people are transforming their lives and unlocking their potential. In doing so they are challenging the stigma around drug rehabilitation by publicly embracing their sobriety and talking about it…

Innovation
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At a maximum security prison in Oregon, select inmates watched 60 minutes of nature videos every day for a year. Inspired by the research of Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, the study was intended to measure the psychological benefits of exposure to nature. The results were incredible. Nearly half the inmates said the images soothed them, while violent acts in the prison dropped by 26%. Additionally, guards reported the inmates seemed…

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To hear Hamish Brewer speak is to be inspired. About education. About life. About the possibilities of it all. And for disadvantaged youths that come from poverty and broken homes, the New Zealander with an infectious energy works hard to encourage them to excel, not only in school, but in life. About Hamish Brewer With a shaved head, tattoos, and one of those loud, larger-than-life personalities, Hamish Brewer is hard…

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Pop Revolution
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For decades, Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by a repressive military junta. Then, in 2011, things began to change.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Saying Goodbye to Lab Rats and Replacing Bees with Drones
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Breakthrough could mean the end of test animals, violent crime nearly cut in half, and drones that pollinate flowers.
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This Week in Ideas: A $1 Microscope, Healing Our Divisions, Planet Earth is Back
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Democratizing microscopes, how we heal our political divisions, and BBC's Planet Earth returns. These are our favorite stories of the…
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This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the...
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