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Searching for Justice explores criminal justice reforms unfolding across the country, as the leaders from both sides of the political aisle attempt to end mass incarceration by rethinking laws that some say have become barriers to work, housing, and economic stability.
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By Kathleen Hobson
Cafe Momentum layers multiple forms of support -- education, basic supplies and real-world skills -- that are key to staying out of the justice system but hard for many youth to find at home.
By John Yang, Mike Fritz
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Justice Department has released more than 30,000 non-violent inmates to home confinement to try to limit the virus' spread in prison. But, as John Yang reports for our ongoing "Searching for Justice"…
By Stephanie Sy, Frank Carlson
Amid a housing affordability crisis, cities across the U.S. have been struggling with their unsheltered populations. Two years ago, Austin, Texas, decriminalized activities related to homelessness. But this year, citizens voted to re-criminalize them — as the state banned public…
“The ability to complete a college diploma is a way to have a counter-narrative and say that you've done some work that allows you to prove yourself as someone who is trying to do good,” Rob Scott, executive director of…
By William Brangham, Sam Lane, Lena I. Jackson
The Dixie Fire, now the second-largest in California history, continues to burn northern parts of the state. It comes as California faces a shortage of firefighters, a scenario that's bringing new attention to a critical firefighting resource: prison inmates. William…
By Aaron Morrison, Associated Press
Fifty years ago this summer, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Decades later harsh penalties continue to feed a prison industrial complex that has millions of mostly Black and brown people locked up.
By Amna Nawaz, Mike Fritz
Estimates show that over five million children in the U.S. have had an incarcerated parent. As the number of women in American prison soars, little is known about the impact on children they leave behind. Amna Nawaz went to Texas…
By Candice Norwood, The 19th
Many jails are struggling to provide adequate physical and mental health care for women.
John Zoccoli is a visual artist who spent 25 years in prison until his release in June, 2020. During his incarceration, he became involved in a program called Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) — which he says transformed his life.
By Amna Nawaz, David Coles, Mike Fritz
As the pandemic filled American hospitals and brought life to a near standstill in 2020, the longstanding opioids epidemic was only intensifying, essentially out of sight. As Amna Nawaz reports, the death toll from that epidemic, once centered on rural,…
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