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Criminal Justice Reform

The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices to ‘do less harm and give people second chances

Reporting about minor crimes is about to change. Illustration by kali9/iStock/Getty Images Plus Maggie Jones Patterson, Duquesne University and Romayne Smith Fullerton, Western University When suspects’ names appear in crime stories, their lives may be broken and never put back together. For years, people have begged The Associated Press, known as the “AP,” to scrub

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AP says it will no longer name suspects in minor crimes

The Associated Press said Tuesday it will no longer run the names of people charged with minor crimes, out of concern that such stories can have a long, damaging afterlife on the internet that can make it hard for individuals to move on with their lives. In so doing, one of the world’s biggest newsgathering

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