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Criminal Justice Week
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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#fixingjustice - Re-entry
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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#fixingjustice - Re-entry
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…

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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,…

#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More Equitable Justice System
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More Equitable Justice System
#fixingjustice - Prosecution
Exclusive Interview: How Miriam Krinsky is Leading Us to a Smarter & More Equitable Justice System

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

By Dan Bier

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

#fixingjustice - Policing
Why the 6th Most Dangerous City is Turning to Community Policing
Why the 6th Most Dangerous City is Turning to Community Policing
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#fixingjustice - Policing
Why the 6th Most Dangerous City is Turning to Community Policing

Police departments around the country are increasingly looking at community policing programs as a tool to help reestablish trust in…

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While community policing programs are nothing new, they fell out of popularity after a big push in the early 90s due to shifting priorities and budget crunches of the Great Recession. But with growing scrutiny of police and their often strained relationships with minority communities, police departments are increasingly looking to community policing programs to bridge the gap and rebuild trust.

The Rockford Police Department (RPD) is no exception…

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Rebuilding Coal Country
Rebuilding Coal Country
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Rebuilding Coal Country

Meet the nonprofit bringing jobs back to coal country.

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Coalfield Development is a nonprofit on a mission to unlock the resources and potential of coal country. Partnering with local entrepreneurs, they've helped launch six new businesses and trained hundreds of workers across Appalachia. They provide education and training for unemployed workers, from college courses to trade skills, and partner with businesses to help them succeed on the job. The coal jobs might not be coming back, but they believe…

Dispatches
Why Don’t Vaccines Work as Well in Poor Countries?
Why Don’t Vaccines Work as Well in Poor Countries?
Dispatches
Why Don’t Vaccines Work as Well in Poor Countries?

Our best tool for preventing disease is the least effective in the places where it's most needed.

By Dan Bier

Our best tool for preventing disease is the least effective in the places where it's most needed.

Crossing The Divide
A White Cop and Black Barber Team Up to Bring Peace to Their City
A White Cop and Black Barber Team Up to Bring Peace to Their City
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Crossing The Divide
A White Cop and Black Barber Team Up to Bring Peace to Their City

A local barber teams up with an officer to ease tensions in their community.

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In the wake of the Michael Brown shooting, Shaun “Lucky” Corbett, a barber in Charlotte, was inspired to do his part to bring peace to his community. Lucky teamed up with Officer Rob Dance to start a mentoring program that has opened up an important dialogue between the officers and the community.

Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

While the press tends to emphasize bad news, there are less covered stories of people from different backgrounds and beliefs…

By Michael O'Shea

While the press tends to emphasize bad news, there are less covered stories of people from different backgrounds and beliefs coming together.

Rise
5 Fascinating Ways Humans are Adapting to Cities
5 Fascinating Ways Humans are Adapting to Cities
Rise
5 Fascinating Ways Humans are Adapting to Cities

There’s a global transformation happening - millions of people are migrating to cities from the countryside.

By Michael O'Shea

There’s a global transformation happening - millions of people are migrating to cities from the countryside.

Culture
What We Need Right Now Is a Little Bit of Hans Rosling
What We Need Right Now Is a Little Bit of Hans Rosling
Culture
What We Need Right Now Is a Little Bit of Hans Rosling

The Swedish public health researcher says that, contrary to most of what you hear, the world is actually moving in…

By Mike Riggs

The Swedish public health researcher says that, contrary to most of what you hear, the world is actually moving in the right direction.