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portland pilot program gets people charged with low level offenses help, not jail time

The Skanner To lower the number of people entering the criminal justice system, a program called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, puts treatment ahead of arrests. In the coming months Portland will be introducing the still largely experimental program that offers social services to individuals possessing small amounts of cocaine, meth or heroin. Originally […]

‘i lost four years with my father’: protesters renew calls to shut down rikers

Rewire Rikers has become a symbol among activists of a rotten prison system, plagued with a history of reported excessive force used against inmates. More than 275 protesters held a march on Sunday to call for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to close the highly controversial Rikers Island jail complex. The protest culminated […]