There are many factors that go into staffing decisions -- some of which fail to take agencies' actual workloads into account.
An evenly divided court could decide the fate of many cases watched closely by state and local officials.
The laws are meant to make it easier for ex-felons to get hired. But they're having the opposite impact on some people who don't even have a criminal history.
The people who decide criminals’ freedom are often ill-equipped to make informed decisions. That’s where risk assessment tools come in, but they aren't always used.