Tuesday, March 28, 2023


Nashville mourns six dead in the latest mass shooting, the EPA takes public input on a proposal to clean up Pennsylvania's drinking water, and find ways to get more Zzz's during Sleep Awareness Month.


A shooting leaves six dead at a school in Nashville, the White House commends Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to pause judicial reform, and mayors question the reach of state and federal authorities over local decisions.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

CA 'Just Safe' Campaign Aims to Redefine Public Safety


Monday, January 30, 2023   

Social justice advocates have just launched a new public education campaign. It's called "Just Safe," and it's aimed at changing the conversation about crime, especially in the wake of the recent mass shootings.

The group Californians for Safety and Justice has released a commercial, narrated by actress Jennifer Lewis, making the point that safety isn't just the absence of crime - it is the presence of well-being.

The group's executive director, Tinisch Hollins, said these shootings and others plague a society that neglects mental health.

"So, the goal of this is to invite conversation about doubling down on investments that lead to well-being," said Hollins, "like mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, education."

The campaign applauds efforts to heal communities, such as the announcement last week from the California Victims Compensation board of a $2.5 million grant to open three new trauma recovery center offices in Stockton and Bakersfield.

The state's 19 trauma recovery centers offer mental health treatment, help with medical expenses, and support groups for victims of violent crime.

While accountability is important for people involved with the justice system, Hollins said she agrees with the state's efforts in recent years to prioritize rehabilitation over punishment. She called post-incarceration programs that help people re-enter society "a wise investment."

"Removing barriers, making sure that they have the resources they need when they return home," said Hollins, "keeps us all safe, prevents more crime from happening, and helps our economy, because we have more folks to be able to play a role."

She noted that right now, people who've paid their debt to society often fail to recover when they face huge obstacles to finding employment and housing, and must comply with onerous legal requirements.

Find out more about the campaign online at 'JustSafe.org.'

Disclosure: Californians for Safety and Justice contributes to our fund for reporting on Criminal Justice. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.

get more stories like this via email
Black Americans are the most likely to suffer from insufficient sleep. (ChadBridwell/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

March is Sleep Awareness Month and health experts say Americans are not getting enough of it. United Health Foundation data found more than 32% of …


Environmental groups are seeking greater input as California puts the finishing touches on its application to become a hub for hydrogen fuel productio…

Social Issues

This month marks 160 years since the first Medal of Honor was awarded by President Abraham Lincoln. More than a dozen of the 65 recipients alive …

According to The Medal of Honor Museum and Foundation, 3,514 men and one woman have won the Medal of Honor in service of their country from the Civil War to the present day. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

160 years ago, Civil War soldiers were awarded the first Medals of Honor. Now, a Medal of Honor Monument will soon be built on the National Mall in …

Social Issues

The meat processing industry continues to face scrutiny over labor practices in states like Minnesota. Proposed legislation would update a 2007 law…

A report published in late February says children of mothers who are abused or neglected were more likely to demonstrate symptoms and behaviors linked to depression, along with other health issues. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

New findings suggest health effects stemming from child maltreatment can be passed on to the next generation. In South Dakota, leaders in early-…

Social Issues

Mexican fast-food chain Chipotle will pay workers at its former location in Augusta, Maine as part of a settlement over labor law violations…


One Arizona mayor is among the more than 2,800 elected city officials in Washington, D.C., this week for The National League of Cities' Congressional …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021