A New Legal Battle Over Cash Bail

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

The Dangers of a Mandatory DNA Database

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

NAACP to Call For Congressional Hearings on Domestic Terrorism

The letters come as hate groups are on the rise across the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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.

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.

The Next Parkland Could Happen Anywhere

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

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.

Feds File Lawsuit to Stop 'Safe Injection' Site for Drug Users

A Philadelphia non-profit, with the support of city leaders, has been moving forward with a plan to open a facility where they said drug users could more safely use heroin and other illegal opioids.

When Regulating New Tech Harms Public Safety

COMMENTARY | Facial recognition technology is new and nascent, but not a departure from the innate abilities humans are born with. Efforts by states to limit its use harms public safety and deters innovation.

Mayor Shutters Police Department Amid Payroll Inquiry

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona porn tax … N.C. mayor vs. sovereign citizen squatters … N.Y. governor takes snowbound truckers to task.

While You're Watching Super Bowl LIII, DHS and Atlanta Will Be Watching You

Federal and local law enforcement are combining efforts—and technology assets—to secure the biggest sports event of the year.

‘We Really, Really … Need You Not to Commit Any Crimes While It’s -10 Degrees Out’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Conn. toll scofflaws owe big bucks to Mass. … pricey port upgrades in Anchorage … and challenges with Oakland’s vacant property tax.

Signs of Rising Support From Governors For Legal Pot, As AG Nominee Vows Not to Crack Down

An advocacy group notes a “dramatic shift” in elected officials' views on marijuana. U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr says it's time for Congress to take action on the issue.

Urban Sheriffs Flee ICE Program as Small Counties Join Trump’s Deportation Push

An earlier increase in arrests related to the 287(g) program has slowed as more big-city sheriffs back out.

Survey: Americans Mostly Unfazed by Facial Recognition Tech

Most people oppose strict regulations on the technology, particularly if they’ll hinder local law enforcement’s ability to catch suspects, a new survey found.

The FBI Is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software

The software allows the FBI to go through video surveillance footage much faster than agents can.