Pedestrians take photos of riot police facing off with protesters during a demonstration in Washington on Friday, after the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
Law Enforcement

Baltimore Police Agree to Stop Abusing Their Power

Under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, the troubled force will employ a variety of measures to protect constitutional rights and correct racial disparities.

Election Systems as ‘Critical Infrastructure’: What Comes Next?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s designation creates some questions for state and local elections administrators.

Chris Christie: ‘Arresting, Jailing, Stigmatizing the Victims Will Not Make It Better’

In his State of the State Address, the New Jersey governor laid out plans to address drug abuse and the ongoing opioid epidemic.

Virginia Gov. Calls for Review of Driver’s License Suspension Practice

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s three-part criminal justice reform proposal would also raise Virginia’s felony theft threshold for the first time since 1980.

How D.C.'s Police Department Is Trying to Improve Data Analysis and Sharing

The Metropolitan Police Department is using a cloud-based records management and moving toward a computer-aided dispatch systems.

U.S. Law Enforcement Fatalities Increased in 2016

But officer deaths remain lower than the average annual fatalities over the past decade.

New Evidence Says U.S. Sex-Offender Policies Are Actually Causing More Crime

The existing protocols in the US actually may be making repeat sex crimes more likely.

‘Sanctuary Campuses’: Controversy Blown Out of Perspective?

The protests and proposed retaliation are disconnected from current immigration and student privacy laws, legal analysts say, and from what the Trump administration might do any time soon.

How Police Are Watching You on Social Media

Documents from Chicago's Cook County Sheriff’s Office reveal the undercover techniques law enforcement uses to monitor—and manipulate—social media users.

Alabama’s Judicial Override Law for Executions; Virginia’s Lackluster State Worker Salaries

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Tacoma’s new rules for all-night massage parlors; increasing costs for Salt Lake City airport upgrades; and a N.C. county official reconsiders her resignation.

The Poverty Argument Against Red-Light Cameras

Rochester, N.Y., Mayor Lovely Warren: "I cannot, in good conscience, wage a fight against poverty while also imposing burdensome fines.”

No Charges for Charlotte Police Officer Involved in Shooting Death

Mecklenburg County's district attorney said Officer Brentley Vinson "acted lawfully" when he shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, a black man.

Trump’s Security Costs Add Up in N.Y.C.; New Twist in McCrory N.C. Election Saga

Also in our State and Local Daily News Digest: New mining claims blocked in Montana; California pension headache; and Texas border residents worry about president-elect’s wall proposal.

North Dakota Police vs. Protesters in ‘Ongoing Riot’; A ‘Worrying Trend’ for Ohio Jobs

Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: Wildfires continue in Georgia; Chicago student information improperly shared; Rhode Island vs. higher sea levels.

The Need for Jail Management Technology Solutions in Modern Corrections

Expecting facilities and agencies to run efficiently and cost effectively without sophisticated technology in today’s modern criminal justice system is simply unrealistic

A Controversial Police Chief's Parting Words With His Profession

Cameron McLay just resigned from his post as Pittsburgh’s police chief—right when urban policing is about to get a lot more interesting.

A Lawsuit Accuses Black Lives Matter of Inciting a 'War on Police'

The father of a slain Dallas officer brought the suit, which calls the organization a “violent and revolutionary criminal gang.”

Morton County, N.D.’s Reaction to the Standing Rock Check-in Push on Facebook

The Sheriff’s Department maintains that it has not used Facebook as a surveillance tool against the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

10,000 Files on Chicago Police Torture Are Now Online

Amid continued accusations of police misconduct, the force must contend with a digital rehashing of a sordid chapter in its history.

The Trials of Sheriff Joe

Years of racial profiling and ignoring a federal judge’s order to stop his immigration sweeps may have finally caught up

State Police Face Staffing Shortages as Salaries Languish

State police often leave the force for higher-paying jobs at city departments.

Half of American Adults Are in Police Facial-Recognition Databases

Cities and states are investing in biometric scanning technology, with few laws in place to restrict what they can do with it.

Racial Disparities in Police 'Stingray' Surveillance, Mapped

Cops are using secret cellphone trackers nationwide to collect cellphone data—especially in poor, black neighborhoods.

This Major Police Organization Just Formally Apologized for “Historical Mistreatment” of Minorities

Will it change anything?

Criminals Increasingly Hold Government Computers for Ransom

Cybercriminals are preying on government agencies in search of a payoff.

States Impose Wildly Different Policies in Releasing Police Videos

States have been rushing to catch up with the widespread use of police body cameras by passing laws that govern when and how footage can be released to the public.

Alaska Gets Federal Grant for Untested Rape Kits; Fiscal Emergency Declared in Ohio City

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Neb. mayor in big legal fight with council over budget; W.Va.’s fireworks tax payouts to firefighters; and Cuomo signs law for burying pets in N.Y. state cemeteries.

Feds Announce $119 Million in Grants to Help State and Local Police Agencies

Nearly 200 law enforcement agencies will get financial assistance to bring on around 900 entry-level officers, many focused on community engagement.

L.A. Mayor’s House Egged by Protesters; Alaskans See Smaller Annual Dividend Payout

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Big campaign finance changes in Washington state; expunging criminal records for minor crimes in N.C.; and overweight trucks threaten Pa. bridges.

Has the 'Ferguson Effect’ Finally Been Debunked?

Two sets of data out this week poke holes in the popular theory.

New Research Shows There’s One Big Change When Cops Wear Cameras

Researchers called the effect of body cameras a sort of "contagious accountability."

Route Fifty Roadmap: A Dispatch From a Remote U.S.-Canada Border Post

More than 15 years after 9/11 brought changes to border security at the first International Peace Park, this part of Montana and beyond is dealing with another challenge: seasonal labor shortages.

Paul LePage's Binders Full of White People

The Maine governor said blacks and Hispanics from out of state were to blame for drug problems, but his own files show mostly white Mainers being arrested for narcotics.