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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.
A majority of voters believe the state is headed in the wrong direction and are concerned about rising crime rates and the homelessness crisis. Newsom is up for re-election in the Nov. 2022 midterms.
Though the sterilization law was overturned in 1979, it wasn’t until 2014 that prison sterilizations were banned. Now the state is paying reparations to victims in amounts between $10,000 and $25,000.
Residents had to fund the legal defense against the civil lawsuit that was filed against Auditor Roger Reynolds for bribery and corruption. Taxpayers will not be responsible for the criminal legal fees.
They include $64 million to increase police numbers, reduce juvenile crime and revive a gun-tracking task force. The Connecticut governor also wants police to be able to check gun permits for those who openly carry firearms.
A group of incarcerated individuals in York County, Pa., are making civil liberties complaints about their access to legal support and health protections amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Virginia’s first Hispanic American attorney general calls for respect for the law and differences of opinion, and cutting back on how much cable news we watch.
Deputies from the Alabama county’s sheriff’s office often fasten monitors on about 25 people weekly and many of those haven’t been convicted of anything. Some say the monitors are financially and emotionally burdensome.
State prisons quickly adjusted policies and procedures when the coronavirus pandemic hit to ensure the health and safety of the incarcerated individuals and staff. If these pandemic changes become permanent, states could save $2.7 billion annually.