Law Enforcement

Local Officials Want Feds to Scrap Policy Blocking People in Jail From Medicaid

A federal law can lead to breaks in health care benefits for those awaiting trial. Counties and sheriffs plan to lobby for this to be changed.

Despite Federal Protections, Rape Victims Still Get Billed For Forensic Exams

For 25 years, the federal Violence Against Women Act has required any state that wants to be eligible for certain federal grants to certify that the state covers the cost of medical forensic exams for people who have been sexually assaulted.

How a State Police Agency Goes Viral (and Maybe Teaches People How to Drive)

The Colorado State Patrol develops relationships with the community and grows its online presence by posting humorous topical videos, a project spearheaded by one of its public information officers.

These Police Can't Use Radar and Changing That Could Be an Uphill Battle

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where local police departments can't use speed-detecting radar. Multiple bills aim to give them access.

House Appropriators Tackle Marijuana Banking Issues

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

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.

Chalking Tires to Track Parking Violators Is Unconstitutional, Court Rules

A woman filed a lawsuit against Saginaw, Michigan after she racked up 15 parking tickets.

State Legislators Look to Change a Law That Makes Sexual Assault Convictions Difficult

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Feds announce $900M in infrastructure grants … New Jersey retirement-plan marketplace fails to materialize … Phoenix City Council to wrestle with rising pedestrian fatalities.

Cops Draw Blood to Catch Impaired Drivers

Police are using blood tests to detect what breath tests can’t.

The Children of the Children of Columbine

Twenty years after the shooting at Columbine High School, some survivors—now parents themselves—are figuring out how to talk to their kids about lockdown drills.

Florida Supreme Court to Weigh Government Liability in Parkland Shooting

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alabama tornados and fatalities ... A Kentucky city is creating a registry of convicted animal abusers ... Closures of "board-and-care" homes in California.

Indiana Lawmakers Seek to Curb Overzealous Active-Shooter School Trainings

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California’s measure to change when police can use deadly force passes out of committee …North Carolina mails millions to fishermen still reeling from Hurricane Florence … Florida braces for courting gators.

Local Law Against Obstructing Sidewalks Survives Another Round in Federal Court

The District of Columbia statute has been criticized for how it has been enforced against black residents in the city.

A New System to Ensure Sexual-Assault Cases Aren’t Forgotten

More states are adopting software that allows sexual-assault survivors to track their evidence kits.

Gun-Rights Counties Vow to Resist New State Restrictions

As legislatures approved new firearm laws over the last year, some counties have resisted, calling themselves Second Amendment 'sanctuaries.'

Expunging Criminal Records Offers Clear Benefits—But Few People Take Advantage

New research finds that automatic expungement of nonviolent criminal records could be a boon for eligible offenders, but few apply when the process is complicated.

Most Law Enforcement Agencies Still Operate Manually in an Increasingly Digital World

Only 24 percent of North American agencies reported using analytics to process mobile data like photos and videos, according to a new Cellebrite survey.

A DNA Company Wants You to Help Catch Criminals

Family Tree DNA was criticized for secretly working with the FBI. Now it’s explicitly asking potential customers to help law enforcement.

California Governor Plans Death Penalty Moratorium

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dialed-back housing plans ... An Inland Port Authority lawsuit in Salt Lake City ... A paramedic proposal in Florida.