A New Legal Battle Over Cash Bail

Civil rights advocates allege defendants are stuck in Philadelphia jails as court officials flout state guidelines.

Virtual Reality Could Make Disaster Response Training More Effective

In early tests of its augmented reality training software, a Texas-based company made first responders perform faster and more accurately.

This Winter Really Was Exceptionally Rainy and Snowy

In the wettest winter on record, 19 states experienced some of their highest levels of precipitation for the month of February, NOAA reported this week.

Trump Orders 'A Plus Treatment' for Alabama Tornado Victims

The president has given his team high marks for previous emergency response efforts.

Pedestrian Deaths in 2018 Increase to Highest Levels Since 1990

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ore. governor signs statewide rent control bill … Ariz. governor is “pro-vaccination and anti-measles” … and Fla. toll road expansion

Is It Cruel and Unusual to Execute a Man With Dementia?

ANALYSIS | Vernon Madison has no memory of murdering a police officer.

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

COMMENTARY | A controversy in Arizona is a portent of future public-policy fights.

‘There’s No One to Help You Right Now’: 911 Calls Released From Deadly Firestorm

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska localities decry governor’s budget cuts … a Texas city with 400,000 people and no transit system … and Ohio River flooding.

Reworking Probation as Part of Criminal Justice Reform

As states reduce prison sentences and try to limit the number of people incarcerated, governors say they also must drill down into the next steps needed to help people remake their lives.

Court Decision Doesn’t Guarantee Radical Changes to Fines and Property Seizures

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that constitutional protections from excessive fines are enforceable against state and local agencies.

Supreme Court Restrains States' Power to Seize Property

Eighth Amendment protections from excessive fines are enforceable against the states the court ruled in an Indiana case.

FAA Wants to Protect First Responders from Drone Bombs

Under a new ruling, law enforcement officers would be able to identify drones from afar.

The Gun Violence That’s a Bigger Threat to Kids Than School Shootings

Mass killings on school grounds account for a very small percent of victims, but they capture far more public attention than other shootings.

Town Can Prohibit Union's Inflatable Rat Display, Appeals Court Rules

Grand Chute, Wisconsin didn't violate the Constitution when it ordered a union to remove "Scabby the Rat" from a road median.

The Next Parkland Could Happen Anywhere

Schools are trying to bolster security, but they can only do so much to prevent another mass shooting.

Amazon Proposes Facial Recognition Guidelines to Policymakers

The company called for “open, honest and earnest dialogue” instead of a ban.

Active-Shooter Drills Are Tragically Misguided

There’s scant evidence that they’re effective. They can, however, be psychologically damaging—and they reflect a dismaying view of childhood.

Police Departments Waive Tattoo Bans, Enlist Wookiees to Fill Ranks

There's currently an officer shortage at many police departments across the country.

‘If You Elect to Be on the Roads, You Must Make Good Choices’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida governor’s teacher bonus proposal … Louisville pension worries … and Pittsburgh’s mayor has an evening hobby.