The Online Tools Detroit Is Using to Support Sustainability
Friday, December 6, 2019

Detroit, like many cities, is working to get greener these days, doing so by creating the Office of Sustainability, hiring a director for that office, and, most recently, deploying a new set of tech-based tools to foster broad community engagement. The nature of Detroit’s sustainability wor... .. read more..

How Michigan Drug Court Runs Amid Opioid Crisis
Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Macomb County drug court is one of 127 in Michigan, up from 77 a decade ago. Participants are under supervision for 18 months on average, with many requirements to stay out of jail. .. read more..

Can University Probe Students for Far-Away Rapes?
Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Harvard student contends in a lawsuit that the university shouldn't be probing an allegation that he raped a nonstudent in another city. The suit parallels federal efforts to require universities to probe sex assaults only on their campuses. .. read more..

Mueller Details Cohen Contacts With Russia
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave a "potentially ominous" description of Michael Cohen's cooperation. The White House noted that Cohen had "repeatedly lied." Federal prosecutors in New York City called for a four-year prison term. .. read more..

Neo-Nazi Fields Convicted in Charlottesville Death
Saturday, December 8, 2018

James Fields of Maumee, Oh., a supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent white-supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his car through counterprotesters. .. read more..

Ohio Neo-Nazi Convicted in Charlottesville Death
Saturday, December 8, 2018

James Fields of Maumee, Oh., a supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent white-supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his car through counterprotesters. .. read more..

Ninth Circuit Upholds Block on Trump Asylum Ban
Saturday, December 8, 2018

A U.S. appeals court refused to allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The ban is inconsistent with an existing law and an attempted end-run around Congress, said a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit panel in a... .. read more..

Four Ways Technology Can Improve Crisis Management (Contributed)
Friday, December 7, 2018

When disasters strike, they can create confusion as well as chaos in a community. Whether it’s natural disasters or human-imposed crises, these incidents pose a real risk to local and state governments, the systems they run and the people they serve.  While there are many crisis manage... .. read more..

Trump Picks Tough-on-Crime Veteran William Barr to Head Justice Department
Friday, December 7, 2018

Barr, 68, a hardliner who served as attorney general in the George H.W. Bush administration, is considered to have widespread bipartisan support, but he will still likely face tough nomination hearings. The president said Barr was his “first choice from day one,” though he acknowledged he didn’t ... .. read more..

In a Utah Courthouse, Justice for Youth Comes With Shackles
Friday, December 7, 2018

At least 31 states now have rules preventing the automatic shackling of juveniles when they are brought to court. But one rural county in Utah hasn’t got the message. .. read more..

Rising Court Costs Turn Poor Into Victims of ‘Mercenary Justice’: Study
Friday, December 7, 2018

Some 10 million Americans now hold criminal debt totaling over $50 billion, burdened by accumulating court fines and fees they are unable to pay. It's a hidden practice that damages communities and ruins lives, but the federal government seems to be looking the other way, writes an FSU law profes... .. read more..

How Our ‘Two-Tiered Justice System’ Exploits the Poor
Friday, December 7, 2018

Some 10 million Americans now hold criminal debt totaling over $50 billion, burdened by accumulating court fines and fees they are unable to pay. It's a hidden practice that damages communities and ruins lives, but the federal government seems to be looking the other way, writes an FSU law profes... .. read more..

Civic Tech and Fine Arts Team-Up to Tackle Climate Change
Friday, December 7, 2018

Alaska is on the front lines of climate change, with some estimates suggesting the state is experiencing its impacts at a speed twice that of other parts of the country. As such Anchorage, Alaska — the most populous city in the state — recently received a $1 million grant from Bloombe... .. read more..

McConnell Tells White House Prison Bill Unlikely This Year
Friday, December 7, 2018

Senate Majority Leader "doesn't like the bill," says a key White House ally. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner are continuing to push for a vote this month. .. read more..

Research Backs Prescription Heroin, Safe Injection Sites
Friday, December 7, 2018

A Rand Corp. review of research backs the use of two harm reduction strategies that are controversial and yet to get official approval in the United States. .. read more..

Oregon Makes Interim CIO Terrence Woods Permanent
Friday, December 7, 2018

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed Terrence Woods as state CIO, after nearly eight months in which Woods filled the position on an interim basis. Brown’s office announced the appointment this week, noting “Woods will be responsible for implementing Governor Brown's goal of ensuring ... .. read more..

Asylum Requests to U.S. Officials Have Ballooned
Friday, December 7, 2018

In the year ending Sept. 30, the federal government processed a record-setting 99,035 requests for asylum, including 62,609 from Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans. The number was 13,880 in 2012. .. read more..

Asylum Requests to US Officials Have Ballooned
Friday, December 7, 2018

In the year ending Sept. 30, the federal government processed a record-setting 99,035 requests for asylum, including 62,609 from Guatemalans, Hondurans and Salvadorans. The number was 13,880 in 2012. .. read more..

High Court Likely to Allow Dual State, Federal Charges
Friday, December 7, 2018

A majority of Supreme Court justices sounded unlikely to overturn more than a century of doctrine that allows states and the federal government to prosecute someone for the same criminal conduct. The case has implications for any pardons that President Trump might issue for those prosecuted by sp... .. read more..

TN Puts Second Inmate to Death By Electrocution
Friday, December 7, 2018

David Earl Miller, 61, was the longest-serving inmate on Tennessee's death row. A federal appeals court refused to delay the execution because Miller and other inmates had filed suit challenging the constitutionality of lethal injection and the electric chair. .. read more..

Eight Prisons Allow New Mothers to Keep Babies
Friday, December 7, 2018

"There's some clarity when forced to do a prison sentence and forced to be a parent," says a Washington state prison official. What support, if any, the women receive outside of prison once they're released is a big question. .. read more..

Gangstas to Growers Hires Young GA Ex-Cons
Friday, December 7, 2018

Atlanta woman wants to train at least 500 formerly incarcerated young people by 2025 and expand the idea to other major U.S. cities that struggle with gang violence. .. read more..

Young GA Ex-Incarcerees Switch From ‘Gangstas’ to Farmers
Friday, December 7, 2018

An Atlanta program called "Gangstas to Growers' plans to train at least 500 formerly incarcerated young people by 2025, and expand the idea to other major U.S. cities that struggle with gang violence. .. read more..

Would 11-Question Test Help Prevent Domestic Violence?
Friday, December 7, 2018

Experts say "yes" answers to at least four of 11 questions on a "lethality assessment" means people may be at risk of violence. The brother of a woman killed by her ex-husband in Ohio wants to require the test in domestic abuse cases. .. read more..

MN Rape Sentences Light When Assailant Knows Victim
Friday, December 7, 2018

Only half the defendants convicted of felony sexual assaults in acquaintance cases receive prison time, according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune analysis of state court records. .. read more..

William Barr May Return to DOJ as Trump’s AG
Thursday, December 6, 2018

William Barr, 68, who served as President George H. W. Bush's attorney general, is President Trump's leading candidate to replace Jeff Sessions. Any nominee will face tough questions from Senate Democrats. .. read more..

The Online Tools Detroit Is Using to Support Sustainability
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Detroit, like many cities, is working to get greener these days, doing so by creating the Office of Sustainability, hiring a director for that office, and, most recently, deploying a new set of tech-based tools to foster broad community engagement. The nature of Detroit’s sustainability wor... .. read more..

Is Your Data Center Ready for the Internet of Things? (Contributed)
Thursday, December 6, 2018

In 2017, the number of IoT devices outnumbered the world’s population for the first time, exceeding 8 billion. While forecasts for the future have varied widely, the current consensus is that we can expect 20-plus billion IoT devices by 2020 . We may have as many as 125 billion by 2030, acc... .. read more..

Science Takes a Hit at the Department of Justice
Thursday, December 6, 2018

The official shutdown of the Justice Department’s Science Advisory Board was announced in a terse message to members this week. One member says it’s a step backwards from an ambitious attempt to apply scientific and evidence-based thinking to the federal justice structure. .. read more..

How One Rural Indiana Jail Deals with Its “Exploding”Female Population
Thursday, December 6, 2018

With growing numbers of women incarcerated around the country, some local authorities are developing innovative programs to help ensure they never return once they’re released. Floyd County in southern Indiana opened a jail-based counseling unit this year that appears to hold promise. .. read more..

How a Rural Indiana Jail Deals with ‘Exploding’ Female Population
Thursday, December 6, 2018

With growing numbers of women incarcerated around the country, some local authorities are developing innovative programs to help ensure they never return once they’re released. Floyd County in southern Indiana opened a jail-based counseling unit this year that appears to hold promise. .. read more..

NJ Officials to Design New Police-Use-of-Force System
Thursday, December 6, 2018

After an investigation by NJ Advance Media, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, along with local, county and state law enforcement officials as well as the heads of major police unions — said they would be “working together to design a new system for obtaining use-of-force data in New Jers... .. read more..

NJ Officials to Design New Police Use-of-Force System
Thursday, December 6, 2018

After an investigation by NJ Advance Media, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, along with local, county and state law enforcement officials as well as the heads of major police unions — said they would be “working together to design a new system for obtaining use-of-force data in New Jers... .. read more..

NASCIO Releases Top CIO Priorities for 2019
Thursday, December 6, 2018

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) released its list of top state priorities for 2019, setting recommendations that range from continuing to focus on cloud services to embracing single sign-on for citizen services. NASCIO released the updated list Thursday, brea... .. read more..

What’s New in Civic Tech: NY Civic Techies Take on Bad Landlords
Thursday, December 6, 2018

A civic tech effort is making headlines this week, with The New York Times writing about an effort in which coders are working to build data-driven ways for tenants to overcome problems with bad landlords. These efforts have essentially existed in disparate iterations for some time. Examples incl... .. read more..

U.S. Murder Total Likely Down Four to Five Percent in 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Crime statistics expert Jeff Asher bases his prediction on data from 66 large cities where data are available. The drop would be the largest one-year decline in five years. Murder is down 17 percent in Chicago, a leading indicator. .. read more..

US Murder Total Likely Down Four to Five Percent in 2018
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Crime statistics expert Jeff Asher bases his prediction on data from 66 large cities where data are available. The drop would be the largest one-year decline in five years. Murder is down 17 percent in Chicago, a leading indicator. .. read more..

Half of U.S. Adults Have Had Family Member in Prison
Thursday, December 6, 2018

So finds a study by reform group FWD.us and Cornell University, based on a representative sample of 4,000 people. The study found that six of 10 African Americans and Native Americans have had immediate family members behind bars. .. read more..

Half of US Adults Had Family Member in Prison
Thursday, December 6, 2018

So finds a study by reform group FWD.us and Cornell University, based on a representative sample of 4,000 people. The study found that six of 10 African Americans and Native Americans have had immediate family members behind bars. .. read more..

Death Penalty Sought for Border Patrol Agent
Thursday, December 6, 2018

A U.S. Border Patrol agent who confessed to killing four sex workers told investigators he wanted to "clean up the streets" of his Texas border hometown, a prosecutor said. .. read more..

U.S. Separated 81 Migrant Kids From Families Since June
Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Trump administration separated 81 migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border since the June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings. Despite the order and a federal judge’s later ruling, immigration officials still are allowe... .. read more..

81 Migrant Kids Separated From Families Since June
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Despite a June executive order that stopped the general practice amid a crackdown on illegal crossings at the U.S.-Mexican border. and a federal judge’s later ruling, immigration officials still are allowed to separate a child from a parent in certain cases. .. read more..

Pot Legal in Michigan After 56 Percent Voter Approval
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Michigan became the first state in the Midwest to end prhoibtion of marijuana. "It's a huge accomplishment and a major milestone, not just for Michigan, but for the country," said one advocate. .. read more..

Philly Cops Say Fewer Cases Solved in Overtime Cutback
Thursday, December 6, 2018

As the murder total has risen to 319, the highest in six years, the clearance rate has dropped to 32 percent, and overtime spending has been cut, leading detectives, union officials and even prosecutors to cry foul.  .. read more..

Experts Warn That Russians May Attack U.S. Courts
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Researchers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies are tracking how Russian operatives tend to exploit sensitive issues such as immigration and race in posts designed to drum up backlash to the justice system. .. read more..

Experts Warn That Russians May Attack US Courts
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Researchers at the Center for Strategic and International Studies are tracking how Russian operatives tend to exploit sensitive issues such as immigration and race in posts designed to drum up backlash to the justice system. .. read more..

Iranians Charged in Cyberattack on City of Atlanta
Thursday, December 6, 2018

A federal grand jury charged two Iranian nationals with creating and deploying the "SamSam" ransomware that attacked vital Atlanta city computer systems this year in an unsuccessful attempt to extort tens of thousands of dollars from the local government. .. read more..

Split Federal Panel Upholds NJ Ammunition Limit
Thursday, December 6, 2018

A law passed this year limits most gun owners to magazines that hold 10 rounds of ammunition instead of the 15-round limit in place since 1990. The court majority said the law balances the state's interest in public safety with the rights of individuals to defend their homes. .. read more..

OK Gov. Fallin Commutes 21 Low-Level Sentences
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Gov. Mary Fallin shaves 306 years off prison time that 21 offenders were due to serve. The inmates were sentenced before criminal justice reforms begun in 2016 took effect. .. read more..

New Data-Driven Software Tool Assesses Environmental Impacts
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Urban planning and nature conservation aren’t always overlapping goals, but a software developer and a preservation group have partnered to reconcile the two. In a news release , Berkeley, Calif.-based UrbanFootprint   announced that its suite of analytics now includes the "Conser... .. read more..

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