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.

Cities and States Continue to Face Challenges with Rape Kit Backlogs

With untested rape kits sometimes numbering in the thousands, local crime labs are struggling to solve cold cases with little funding and tackle a slew of active cases that also require investigation.

Texans Won’t Need Permits to Carry Handguns After Disasters Under Newly Passed Bill

Lawmakers say they backed the measure to prevent residents from choosing between violating gun laws or falling victim to looting, but some officials question whether it's necessary.

With ‘Arctic Man’ Ruling, Supreme Court Limits Certain Retaliatory Arrest Lawsuits

The free speech case involves a man arrested at a festival in Alaska. "It’s significant because it narrows the scope of what individuals can sue the police for," says one legal expert.

Lawmakers Take a Hard Look at Facial Recognition Technology

One expert estimates a quarter of American law enforcement agencies have facial recognition capabilities, but the technology remains largely unregulated.

States Introduce New Laws to Keep Abused Women Out of Prison

New laws in New York and elsewhere could keep women out of prison for crimes against their abusers.

States Should Unlock Student Financial Aid for People in Prison

COMMENTARY | Many states still prohibit people from receiving state financial aid for college in prison. They could change that.

One City’s Journey to Filing Complaints About Police Online

Austin, Texas, debuted an anonymous online feedback form that eases the process for residents to describe interactions they have with police officers

Trump Hailed This State’s Prison Reforms as a National Model — but the Numbers Reflect a Grim Reality

When Mississippi lawmakers passed prison reform legislation in 2014, they pledged to devote some of the savings to drug rehabilitation, reentry programs and prison alternatives. That hasn’t happened.

Washington State Tightens Gun Regulations

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | States consider lowering DUI threshold … Alabama advances equal pay legislation … Illinois proposes LGBTQ curriculum.