Public Safety

A Plan to Expand Workers Comp Benefits to First Responders with PTSD

The Wisconsin Senate this week approved a bill that would extend benefits available to full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters, but not apply to volunteers or EMTs.

Federal Opioid Grants Can Be Used for Cocaine and Meth Addiction

State drug treatment agencies can now use an opioid grant program to treat people with addictions to cocaine and methamphetamine.

Fighting Wildfire With Fire: New Study Looks at Barriers to ‘Prescribed’ Burns

Researchers say that millions of acres of California forest is in need of preventative measures to help lower wildfire risks.

One State May Become the First to Ban Law Enforcement Use of Genealogy Databases

A Utah state representative said he believes lawmakers are prepared to continue their “strong record of protecting individual privacy.”

Thousands Rally for Gun Rights at Virginia Protest

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida Supreme Court rules on voting fines … Taxpayer bill of rights proposed in New Mexico … South Dakota may criminalize providing transgender healthcare to minors.

Deploying Body-Worn Cameras in a County Jail

A sheriff's office in Wyoming recently began using body-worn cameras on deputies working inside the county jail, the first in the state to test the technology in a correctional setting.

A State Could Open Up a Window for Adult Sex Abuse Survivors to Sue Over Old Allegations

Legislation introduced in the New York state legislature would create a one-year period for people to file lawsuits in cases where the statute of limitations has expired.

Body Cameras May Not Be the Easy Answer Everyone Was Looking For

Four states last year considered requiring police body cameras.

Five States Diverted 911 Fees For Other Purposes, FCC Says

Montana was removed from the list of states shamed by the federal agency after the state banned the practice of diverting these funds.

Kansas City Sues Gunmaker and Others Over Alleged Firearm Trafficking

The lawsuit by the Missouri city is the first one a municipality has filed against the gun industry in over 10 years, officials say.

California’s Jails Are in a Deadly Crisis. Here’s How Experts Suggest Fixing Them.

An investigation by McClatchy and ProPublica found unchecked violence and inhumane conditions in county jails, but the state’s oversight agency has no power to stop it. Experts say that needs to change.

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Another State to Consider Chemical Castration for Sex Offenders

A new bill introduced in Tennessee mimics legislation passed last year in Alabama that would require chemical castration of those convicted of child sex offenses as a condition of parole.

Kentucky Attorney General Asks FBI to Investigate Former Governor’s Pardons

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Nebraska legislature considers law to protect teachers … Virginia governor wants statue of Robert E. Lee removed from U.S. Capitol … New Mexico implements parental leave for state employees.

Yeah, It’s an Uber. Buckle Up Anyway.

States since 2015 that passed laws requiring rear seat belt use: two.

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control

After winning control of the Virginia statehouse, Democrats in 2020 are poised to pass gun control measures. It’s already set up a battle with local leaders in conservative parts of the state.

New Tech Opens New Doors for Public Safety

COMMENTARY | The growing use of artificial intelligence will offer cities more advanced methods to detect safety and security threats.

Afterschool Key to Preventing Juvenile Crime, But Too Often Isn’t Available

COMMENTARY | Afterschool programming helps children excel in school and stay out of trouble. But across the country, demand outpaces supply.

Chicago Is Making the Case for Releasing Pregnant Inmates

Women in jail typically have limited prenatal support and return to custody soon after giving birth. One program is testing a different approach.

Pennsylvania Classifies Self-Assembled Gun Kits as Firearms In Order to Regulate Them

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Baltimore City Councilmember proposes tax credit for city workers … New Kentucky governor eliminates Medicaid work requirements … Atlanta to seal some marijuana convictions.