The Prison-to-Hollywood Pipeline Is the Stuff of Cinematic Dreams
In a world where formerly homeless and incarcerated folks struggle to find work, an industry is opening its arms.
WhatsApp Is Preventing Child Marriage in Rural India
The messaging app enables activists to swiftly stop illegal weddings, helping kids to stay in school — and stay kids.
The UK Retailer That Recruits Its Employees from Prisons
Service retailer Timpson employs not just ex-offenders, but people currently serving time for everything from tax fraud to homicide.
Rural Drug Courts Are Embracing Medication Treatment for Addiction
Amid an accelerating opioid crisis, treatment with buprenorphine or methadone is proving effective — and losing its stigma.
Clinics Offering Child Care Help Parents Clear Arrest Warrants
For caregivers with legal issues to resolve, these one-day events can be life-changing.
To Fight Deforestation, Amazon Guardians Embrace a Tech Boom
Like their ancestors, a new generation of Indigenous guardians is fighting illegal logging — this time, using drones and solar-powered camera traps.
Trafficking Victims Are Becoming Anti-Trafficking Warriors
In India and beyond, young women who were sold into sexual slavery are becoming attorneys who prosecute human traffickers — and save other girls from the same fate.
Nigerian Children Branded as Witches Get a New Chance at Life
Two groups take in children ostracized for practicing witchcraft and help them find a path forward.
“If You Can’t Say It, Write It”
The white mailboxes in schools and sports clubs were to encourage kids to write about their sorrows. They became a powerful tool for stopping child abuse.
Black Joy Is Propelling a Rural Racial Justice Movement
In conservative parts of Oregon, one protest group is betting that a celebration of Black culture will capture more hearts than anger.
A Play So Powerful, It’s Changing Laws
‘The Box,’ performed by former prisoners, has been credited with ending juvenile solitary confinement in California.
Incarcerated People Are Saving a Disappearing Plant
Hundreds of prisoners across eight states are helping a threatened species thrive while growing a little bit themselves.
Want Fewer Abortions? Legalize Them
The countries with the lowest abortion rates have one thing in common: access to safe, affordable abortion.
Evanston, Illinois Is the First City to Offer Reparations to Black Residents
In “an extraordinarily commendable first step,” families whose descendants experienced housing discrimination can receive $25,000.
When a Missed Piece of Mail Sends Someone to Jail
Missed court dates — often the result of a misunderstanding — lead to more arrest warrants than any other offense. Now a group of attorneys is getting those warrants recalled.
What Growing Up in Rural Germany Taught Me about Guns
In the Bavarian village where I was raised, guns are a part of life. Mass shootings are not.
India’s ‘Open Prisons’ Are a Marvel of Trust-Based Incarceration
For 12 hours a day, prisoners can let themselves out to work or visit family. In virtually every case, they come back.
Does This Water Have Legal Rights?
Threatened by development, five bodies of water are suing the State of Florida, making the unprecedented argument that nature has legal rights, too.
India’s Women Are Building An Alternative To Toxic Masculinity
A grassroots movement is emerging across northern India to empower women and put an end to the region’s patriarchal system of local governance.
Newark Cops and Residents Put Down Their Guns to Talk About Trauma
In emotional exchanges, community members and police open up to each other and find that their shared pain has similar roots.
Police Are Keeping Mugshots Locked Away for Justice’s Sake
Mugshots imply guilt and live online forever. Now fewer of them are being released.
With This Company’s Support, Women Are Escaping Their Abusers
Brazil’s largest retailer takes extraordinary steps to help employees impacted by domestic violence.
Want Drastic Climate Action? Maybe It’s Time to Sue the Government
When political leaders dither, “the only instrument that leads to non-negotiable results is the court ruling.”
Domestic Workers in Lebanon Are Making a Dramatic Escape
Former domestic workers are helping their peers flee abusive employers and get back home.
How Much Can You Uplift?
For people coming out of prison, training for a job as a fitness coach can start before they’re even released.
Why I’ll Leave Prison Ready for a Green-Collar Career
At the Florida prison where I reside, incarcerated folks are training each other for stable, well-paying jobs in sustainable industries.
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