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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Eliminating Race From Criminal Prosecutions

Plus: Free rides to the polls, and building a city where Trump wants to build a wall.

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Eliminating Race From Criminal Prosecutions

Plus: Free rides to the polls, and building a city where Trump wants to build a wall.

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

What If Prosecutors Didn't Know The Race Of The People They Were Prosecuting?

Photo: Fast Co.Exist

Before prosecutors enter the courtroom, they make major decisions about the crimes the defendant is charged and how high the bail is set. Prosecutors also get to know the race of the person they’re charging. Several studies have proven that bias exists in every level of the criminal justice system, and prosecutorial decisions are no exception. Black Americans are more likely to receive plea deals with prison time and have probation revoked, while whites on average have ten percent shorter prison sentences than minorities committing the same crime. Officials say that even a slight reduction in bias—which could be done by withholding race of defendants—could have huge positive effects on families and society. (via Fast Co.Exist)

Instead of Trump's Wall, Why Not a Binational Border City?

Photo: CityLab

One of Donald Trump’s most prominent policy proposals is building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, pushes for metaphorically “building bridges” between the two countries. Mexican architect Fernando Romero doesn’t want to build walls or bridges—he wants to build an entire city. Mr. Romero has designed a walkable, super-connected city on the U.S.-Mexican border. Romero’s design is on display at the London Design Biennale and boasts multiple business districts and economic sectors for a circulation of goods, services and people. Romero hopes to build the binational city on private land within the next decade. (via CityLab)

Using Uber to offer 'free rides' to the polls Election Day

Photo: philly.com

To get out the vote this November, political contractors in Philadelphia and Washington have created a way to bring voters to the polls. VoterDrive.US will provide voters with a free Uber ride to their polling locations (up to $10) to help increase voter turnout this election day.  Voters from either party (and those unaffiliated) can redeem this offer by signing up for VoterDrive and order their ride on election day. (via philly.com)

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