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House debates major prison reform

Effective Compassion | Bill would shift federal incarceration to focus on reentry
by Rob Holmes
Posted 4/25/18, 03:41 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill to change how federal prisons function. The law would direct correctional facilities to focus less on retribution and more on redemption of prisoners through training opportunities to prepare for a life on the outside, breaking the cycle of release and rearrest.

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Queued up for cookies

New York Journal | New York City’s first Girl Scout troop from homeless shelters has a cookie sale
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/18/18, 10:44 am

A New York moment: The Girl Scouts of Greater New York designates troop numbers by the city’s five boroughs—1000 for the Bronx, and so on—but last year the organization started a Girl Scout Troop 6000, serving girls in the city’s homeless shelters. Troop 6000 now has 297 members from 14 shelters, according to Buzzfeed.

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River full of ferries

Cities | Riding the East River in New York City’s new ferry boats
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/12/18, 10:41 am

A New York moment: 

Recently I took the NYC Ferry from Manhattan to visit my relatives in Queens at a cost of $2.75. The new and popular ferry has relieved some of the stress on the overcrowded subway system—3 million riders took the city ferry last year after service began. The ferry boats are a return to the city’s first public transportation. They were the main way early New Yorkers—going all the way back to the 1600s—traveled to Queens, Brooklyn, and New Jersey.

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