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Two states are leading the way in training and accountability guidance and policies aiming to prevent tragedy and trauma. Arrest should be viewed as the least desirable outcome.
Ten Florida men with felony convictions have been charged with voter fraud because prosecutors say they registered and voted illegally. Critics say the punishments are unfair.
Western states are in the forefront of bringing technology to bear to expunge the records of long-ago convictions and provide new economic opportunity for millions of Americans.
The state Senate passed legislation on June 16 that would implement a five-year moratorium on construction of new prisons and jails across the state. The state has the lowest incarceration rate in the nation.
Conservatives have targeted District Attorney Chesa Boudin, blaming him for the city's theft and murder rates. It's a sign that a public weary of crime may be growing dubious about reform.
More than a dozen lawyers reported that the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in South Carolina has made visiting and providing legal information to clients extremely difficult or impossible.
The House approved a bill that will speed up juvenile arraignments, extend hold times for youths and allow GPS monitoring for repeat offenders. But some worry the tough-on-crime approach is ineffective.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers rejected two of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s nominees to the state’s Prisoner Review Board last month, highlighting how crime and politics have changed over the last several years.
Advocates are pushing for “clean slate” legislation, which would expunge criminal records for people with low-level or non-violent crimes. But until reform happens, these groups are helping to secure second chances.
Experts agree that certain issues, such as public safety, housing and inequities, must be addressed for the city’s downtown to fully recover from the economic devastations of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The prison that was previously privately run will return to local government control in April and Warden Laura Williams’ background in behavioral health could help to bring a much-needed culture change.
As of mid-February, none of the state’s $2.5 million allotted for detection and mitigation in prisons, jails and other confinement facilities has yet been spent. More than 1,000 inmates across seven state facilities have gotten COVID-19.
We give subsidies to people who don’t need them, and order the poor to find money they don’t have when they get in trouble with the law.
People with criminal records just want to work, and they can be good employees. There’s a lot that governments could do to enable this untapped workforce.
Police officials claim the seizures and forfeitures are used to take down drug and criminal networks, but critics say the laws disproportionately impact poor people and make it too easy for property to be taken without evidence.