Up to 1,000 people could be eligible for release. Other jurisdictions around the U.S. are also taking steps to curb their jail populations.
Lawmakers are recognizing the harms of mass incarceration. But some governors are reluctant to use their clemency power to address them.
Police advocates of the audio monitoring surveillance system say it helps them know just how many shootings are happening in their cities. But civil rights advocates say policy makers should think about possible privacy implications.
In Illinois, a bill would end the fees associated with clearing a criminal record after someone has been exonerated for a wrongful conviction or not charged after an arrest.
The appeals court found the law created an unconstitutional penalty against people who can’t afford to pay certain financial obligations, but have served the rest of their sentences.
New Jersey approved two major changes to their civil asset forfeiture laws.
A Utah state representative said he believes lawmakers are prepared to continue their “strong record of protecting individual privacy.”
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.
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.
Seven states executed 22 inmates this year, the second lowest number of executions since 1991.
At the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia, inmates who previously served in the military can choose to join a veterans-only housing unit that offers structure and tailored programming.
The “People’s Justice Guarantee” suggests states repeal tough sentencing laws, while local governments eliminate cash bail for people awaiting trials.
More than 44,000 people in New Orleans have warrants for traffic violations and what advocates call “crimes of poverty.” City leaders say the system needs to be overhauled.
North Carolina has been the only state where women can't revoke consent. Newly passed legislation could change that.
Dozens of states and D.C. have restricted when companies can ask about job applicants’ criminal records—but many aren’t following the rules.
Since a diversion program, Project Reset, started in Manhattan, district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. says that prosecutions for low-level offenses have halved.
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After success in one county, Minnesota is rolling out a statewide program that sends reminders to defendants about their court appearances.
Native women in some communities are killed at a rate ten times the national average. In Wisconsin, tribal advocates and lawmakers are determined to figure out what can be done about it.
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