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Criminal Justice

Teacher sitting in front of classroom full of students

Problem

School suspensions set students up to enter the school-to-prison pipeline, leading to unemployment and incarceration later in life (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology).

Solution

Taking an empathetic, rather than punitive, approach to classroom discipline reduces suspensions and improves student-teacher relationships. 

Black man's hands up, in left hand "don't" is written, in right "shoot"

Problem

Although Black men make up only 6% of the U.S. population, they are the victims of 40% of unarmed fatal police shootings.

Solution

Training people not to rely on Black stereotypes can save lives...

Cartoon of a racially diverse jury

Problem

Racial disparities in the justice system disproportionately affect Blacks.

Solution

Juries make better decisions when they’re racially diverse.

Teen sitting in hallway with head down

Problem

Rejection by peers leads teens to act aggressively and feel down.

Solution

Teaching teens that everyone has the capacity to change decreases aggression and symptoms of depression following peer exclusion. If people can change, so too can social labels like “bully” and “loser"...

Collage of faces of different ages, races, and ethnicities

Problem

Prejudice and discrimination make life hard for many people around the world.

Solution

Showing that other groups are made up of diverse individuals reduces prejudice and discrimination...

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