New Jersey Implements Ride-Share Safety Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Republican walkout in the Oregon legislature … Illinois law enforcement concerned about marijuana DUIs… Austin appropriates for new homeless shelter.

Mass Surveillance Is Coming to a City Near You

COMMENTARY | A tech entrepreneur wants to track the residents of a high-crime American community.

Local Law Enforcement Must Decide if They Want to Continue Working With ICE

The 287(g) program has significantly expanded since 2017, stoking controversy about cost and transparency. Now, sheriffs have to decide if they want to renew their agreements with ICE.

Parole and Probation Violations Are Filling State Prisons

A new report from the Council of State Governments shows that many minor violations of parole or probation come with a high price tag, as they often lead to people ending up back in prison.

Supreme Court Upholds Right of States and Federal Government to Prosecute for Same Crime

The 7-2 ruling affirms an exception to “double jeopardy” protections, finding that states and the federal government are “separate sovereigns” with the ability to prosecute an individual for the same offense.

Boxing As a Solution to Help End Gun Violence

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young suggested that letting young people settle their differences in a boxing ring might stop people from shooting each other. But would an intervention like that really make a dent in the murder rate?

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

Broad Racial and Ethnic Coalitions Prompt Policing Changes

Native Americans and Latinos also die in police shootings at a disproportionately high rate.

How the 'Good Guy with a Gun' Saying Came to Be

COMMENTARY | The saying has become a deadly American fantasy.

One State Becomes the First To Collect Prosecutor Data

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Vetoes of anti-abortion legislation … Rhode Island senate votes to ban ‘ghost guns’ … New Jersey regulators reject pipeline application.

A New Report Card for California’s Police Fails Most Departments

The scorecard reviewed data from California’s hundred largest cities to find statewide trends on where police departments are struggling.

Alabama Lawmakers Pass Chemical Castration Mandate for Sex Offenders

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Court OKs eminent domain for pipeline in Iowa … Nebraska governor vetoes Census commission … Denver mayor’s race decided in run-off.

A Statewide Safety System for Students

Middle and high-school students in North Carolina can anonymously report safety tips by app in the coming school year as part of a partnership between the state and nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise.

Virginia Governor to Call a Special Session to Address Gun Violence

Following the death of 12 people in a Virginia Beach mass shooting, the Virginia governor will reintroduce a package of gun control bills rejected by lawmakers this year.

House Appropriators Tackle Marijuana Banking Issues

But industry advocates say more comprehensive legislation is needed, beyond proposed spending restrictions.

As Virginia Beach Deals with a Mass Shooting, San Bernardino Offers Lessons

The California county lost 13 employees in a terrorist attack in 2015. Earlier this year, officials released reports about how they responded to the challenges they faced.

New Hampshire Abolishes Death Penalty by Overriding Governor’s Veto

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Antonio regulates scooters … Analysis looks at what bills pass in states with mixed-party control … Alabama legislature passes seatbelt bill.

A City Considers Criminalizing Racially-Motivated 911 Calls

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, the city commissioners are considering an ordinance that would make it a misdemeanor to call the police on people of color for “participating in their lives.”

Police Train to Be ‘Social Workers of Last Resort’

De-escalation techniques can prevent potentially deadly interactions between police and residents.

A New Way for Firefighters to Track Their Exposure to Carcinogens

A new app allows firefighters to track in real-time their exposure to dangerous substances.