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.

Counties Are Key to Solving Our Nation’s Mental Health Crisis

COMMENTARY | A third of people with serious mental illness didn’t receive treatment in the past year. Local leaders are on the front lines of building the continuum of care these citizens lack.

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.

Risk Assessments Used in Criminal Justice Systems Too Often Clouded By Bias, Report Says

A new report questions the widespread use of risk assessment tools. But one city says their system proves algorithms can be implemented fairly.

Protecting Health Care Workers from Violence at Work

Legislation introduced in Congress is aimed at preventing violence against health workers, sometimes by their patients, while another bill would create a peer-support program for paramedics and other first responders.

At the Border, Local Governments Scramble to House Migrants

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania considers a gift-ban for lawmakers … Georgia passes law to identify children with dyslexia … Massachusetts enforces ban the box legislation.

Head Injuries Common in Scooter Crashes, Study Finds. Helmets Not So Much.

The research out of Austin, Texas examines the cases of 190 people hurt riding electric scooters.

Many Officers Hired by New Police Departments After Misconduct Probes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Developments in local and federal investigations into officials across the country … A bill banning sanctuary cities passes the Florida House … Federal judge says it is legal to sell fireworks on tribal land.

As ‘Raise the Age’ Plan Passes, Counties Worry About Costs

Michigan passed legislation this week that would make the state the latest to raise the age of adulthood in the criminal justice system from 17 to 18.

California Jails Struggle with Increased Violence

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A Connecticut legal battle over regulation of pregnancy centers ... A county in Illinois started a prescription medication pickup program … North and South Carolina teachers plan another strike.

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.

Where ‘Returning Citizens’ Find Housing After Prison

There is a housing crisis among the formerly incarcerated, particularly among those recently released from prison.

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.

'Phone Addicts' Are the New Drunk Drivers, Report Says

An analysis of driver behavior data found that drivers are growing more distracted by their devices.

With 100 People Per Day Dying in Crashes, Lawmakers Weigh Road Safety Options

The issue is coming up as Congress begins to discuss renewing a key piece of transportation funding legislation.