Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions

Percentage of youth in residential facilities for truancy, running away, or supervision violations increases

Chicago Mayor Wants to Close a ‘Giant Loophole’ for Carjacking Offenders

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Delaware governor’s open data executive order; an uptick in STDs in Oregon; and a massive California guinea pig rescue.

Rule Change Would Help Low-Level Offenders in Atlanta

Critics, including the city’s mayor, have pointed to the role cash-bail plays in sustaining a two-tiered system of justice.

Lessons From a Small-Town Bulldozer Rampage in Colorado

Marvin Heemeyer told four people that he was “just going to bulldoze the town.” They dismissed his threats as pure bluster.

Philadelphia Tries to Thwart Exuberant Eagles Fans With New Substance

The city hasn't been able to control sports fans with Crisco previously, so crowd-control planners tried this instead.

Even After Legalization, Black Americans Are Arrested More for Marijuana Offenses

Black and Latino people use and sell drugs at a similar rate to other racial groups, but they are far more likely to be arrested and prosecuted, according to a new report. This racial disparity didn’t change after marijuana was legalized.

The Baltimore Police Department Is Badly Broken

This week a detective gave stunning testimony about abuses by the city’s gun-trace task force and an officer was charged with fabricating evidence.

Justice Department Tests Mayors With Its Latest Threat on Immigration Enforcement

By delaying law enforcement funds to all jurisdictions, Attorney General Jeff Sessions aims to further vilify “sanctuary cities.” “The stakes for cities here are very high.”

Philadelphia’s Mayor Touts a Holistic Strategy to Ending Gun Violence

But Jim Kenney also warns his fellow mayors that “without the help of federal and state governments in education and job training and addiction services, we’re never going to turn the corner.”

DOJ Sideswipes Mayors Gathering With Immigration Subpoena Threat

"As we stand here, we have 23 of our mayors that are now under threat of prosecution, because of something that the president has called 'sanctuary cities,'" said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

A Popular Algorithm Is No Better at Predicting Crimes Than Random People

The COMPAS tool is widely used to assess a defendant’s risk of committing more crimes, but a new study puts its usefulness into perspective.

Hazy Outlook for Congressional Response to Justice Dept.'s Overhauled Marijuana Guidance

"I don't think we've come together around one particular legislative proposal," according to Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado.

Homeland Security Test Reveals Flaws in Emergency Responder Apps

A pilot test found cyber vulnerabilities or privacy issues in 32 out of 33 apps.

Chicago Expected to Pay Another Big Legal Settlement in a Police-Related Lawsuit

In the past two months, the nation’s third-largest city has seen nearly $100 million in judgements from lawsuits involving local law enforcement.

The Criminalization of Gentrifying Neighborhoods

Areas that are changing economically often draw more police—creating conditions for more surveillance and more potential misconduct.

Overburdened Mental Health Providers Slow Police Push for Drug Treatment

With many people outside of the criminal justice system on waiting lists for treatment, some mental health providers are unable to make room for drug users who have been referred to treatment as a way of avoiding arrest.

Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Make N.Y.C. Commuters Even More Vulnerable to Attacks

The White House has proposed a budget that slashes funds from some Homeland Security anti-terrorism programs in order to fund a border wall with Mexico.

Beyond Gadgets: Public Safety in a Digital World

In the lead-up to a discussion on public safety data, our senior director of programs is obsessed with our digital footprint, and its implications for police and citizens.