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Cara Tabachnick of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice Publishes Article on Failed 911 Calls in The Guardian

Deputy Director Cara Tabachnick of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice published an article in The Guardian entitled, “We teach US kids to dial 911 for help, but too often that doesn't work,” on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.  Tabachnick’s article discusses the tragic consequences that can occur when emergency communications fail, and she suggests possible solutions. Tabachnick illustrates the urgency of the issue by citing the incident of a Texan mother of three young children who was murdered in a motel room, and when her 9-year-old daughter dialed for help, the call was not completed because she had to dial a prefix "9."

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