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70 Million: Taking Mental Health Crises Out of Police Hands
Feb09

70 Million: Taking Mental Health Crises Out of Police Hands

Making Contact · 70 Million: Taking Mental Health Crises Out of Police Hands   Police encounters during a mental health crisis have a greater chance of turning deadly if you’re Black. New response mechanisms bypass law enforcement and result in helpful interventions. Reporter Jenee Darden looks at how folks in Northern California are trying to reimagine crisis response services. Image Caption and Credit: Asantewaa Boykin,...

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70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable
Jan12

70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable

Making Contact · 70 Million: An Effort to Hold Prosecutors Accountable   Prosecutors hold immense power in the criminal justice system. They decide who to charge with what crime, when to offer deals, what sentences to recommend, and much more. Aside from legal statutes, ethical and constitutional rules govern what prosecutors can and cannot do. But a system that incentivizes bringing criminal cases to trial—and winning them—can...

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70 Million: A Special Court Keeping Native Americans out of Jail
Aug11

70 Million: A Special Court Keeping Native Americans out of Jail

Making Contact · 70 Million: A Special Court Keeping Native Americans out of Jail   Kirsten made her way out of jail and addiction with the help of a special court on the Penobscot Nation reservation in Maine. There, culture and justice work together to bypass traditional punitive measures for more restorative ones. Reporter Lisa Bartfai visits the Healing to Wellness Court to see how it all works. Image Caption: Courtroom chairs...

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70 Million: How New Orleans Could Set a New Course for Bail Reform
Feb27

70 Million: How New Orleans Could Set a New Course for Bail Reform

70 Million: NOLA See Transcript Below New Orleans could become the battleground for bail reform. The city has one of the highest per capita incarceration rates in the world. And most people are there because they can’t pay their bail. The current arrangement with the local bail industry gives the impression that judges there could have a financial conflict of interest when setting bail. In this episode, Sonia Paul digs into how...

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70 Million – Reform Activists and a New DA Find Common Ground
Dec05

70 Million – Reform Activists and a New DA Find Common Ground

70 Million Activists in Houston were galvanized by events in Ferguson in 2014 following the death of Michael Brown. First, they took to the streets in protest. Then they started organizing. Not long after, they found a kindred spirit in the most unlikely person: a candidate for the DA office. 70 Million reporter, Ruxandra Guidi, chronicles how activists and reformers are succeeding in cutting the jail population, diverting...

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Reclaiming Gotham: The Battle for U.S. Cities
Jan10

Reclaiming Gotham: The Battle for U.S. Cities

On this episode of Making Contact, journalist Juan González discusses his new book, Reclaiming Gotham. He chronicles the evolution of the growth machine in America’s cities – from redlining and racial covenants in the early 20th century, to land grabs and privatization in the 21st – and the rise of progressive alliances to reclaim them. Special thanks to Pegasus Books for organizing the event and allowing us to broadcast...

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