Source: AP/Seattle Times | Washington state |
June 26, 2012
Officials in cities across Washington state say that even as they're trying to find ways to cut budgets, new guidelines from the state Supreme Court will force them to cough up more money for people who are accused of crimes but can't afford their own attorneys.
Backed by $24 million in foundation funds, five cities are creating dedicated teams in their mayors’ offices to look for ways to fundamentally restructure how the cities do what they do. There is much to be learned from this ambitious effort.
Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined -- one reason states and localities are teaching their employees how to recognize the signs of mental health problems and how to help.
Though much maligned nationally, the state's Stand Your Ground law at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting case is supported by 56 percent of Florida's registered voters, according to a new poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.