‘We’re Not Disbanding the Police Department’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A penny-per-pill opioid fee proposal; more waste-storage eyed for Detroit; a new plan to close Rikers Island in N.Y.C.; and Utah shows off its new connected vehicle corridor.

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

Americans Want Jails That Treat First, Punish Second

Poll: “It demonstrates that the American public is ahead of public officials in thinking about what is fair and equitable treatment under the law.”

Motorcycle Lane-Splitting: Safe or Scary?

Opponents and supporters of the practice say their approach is safest—for drivers and motorcyclists alike.

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.

Traffic Deaths Have Gone Up. What Can Governors Do About it?

"If we had 100 people lost to natural disasters or terrorist attacks every day, we would mobilize immediately," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.

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.

State and Local Officials Press for More Resources to Reduce Risks From Natural Hazards

“Over the last half-dozen years every one of our federal and state funding lines has been cut back,” according to Alaska Earthquake Center seismologist Mike West.

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.”

2 Maps That Better Explain the Landslide Risk From This Giant Crack Above an Interstate

The waiting game continues at the Rattlesnake Hills where the ground recently “changed its behavior.”

What a Nuclear Missile Attack On Hawaii Would Look Like

A blast over Honolulu would be catastrophic. That doesn’t mean the government shouldn’t help the public prepare for one.

Homeless Will Now Be Asked: Are You Fleeing Domestic Violence?

For years, advocates have called victims of domestic violence part of the country’s “hidden homeless.” But now, for the first time, they’re being included in the national homelessness count.

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.

Hawaii and the Horror of Human Error

“There are fail safes built into the system, but there aren’t enough fail safes”

Hawaiian Missile Attack Warning a False Alarm

The State Warning Point issued the mobile alert in error after someone "pressed the wrong button" during a shift change.

Trump Is Quietly Swamping Visa Applicants in Extra Paperwork

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services already has an intense vetting process, so why is it asking for more evidence in more H-1B cases?

Deadly Mudflows Tear Through Southern California Neighborhoods

Emergency managers and first responders anticipated dealing with a second disaster in and near areas recently burned in wildfires. But the destruction is worse than expected in some places.

Mapping the Post-Wildfire Landslide Risk in California’s Burn Zones

With heavy rain predicted in some areas, this U.S. Geological Survey tool shows where the hazards of highest concern are located.