How a North Carolina County Became a ‘Laboratory’ for Bail Reform
Thursday, April 25, 2019

In 2014, North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County defied skeptics by adopting a pretrial risk assessment tool aimed at reducing the number of people in jail awaiting trial because they could not afford money bail. The results are worth noting by other states. .. read more..

Global Conference Next Month Will Focus on Terrorism and Social Media
Thursday, April 25, 2019

The May 15 conference, co-sponsored by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, will be held in Paris. One critic warned of overreaction to tragedies like the recent New Zealand mosque attacks, which were livestreamed by the shooter. .. read more..

How a North Carolina County Became a ‘Laboratory’ for Bail Reform
Thursday, April 25, 2019

In 2014, North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County defied skeptics by adopting a pretrial risk assessment tool aimed at reducing the number of people in jail awaiting trial because they could not afford money bail. The results are worth noting by other states. .. read more..

Trump’s Response to Mueller Report Could Lead to Legal Trouble
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Already, a fusillade of verbal assaults aimed at former White House counsel Don McGahn, a star witness in the Mueller report, have sparked questions about obstruction and witness intimidation. .. read more..

Florida House Passes Law Against ‘Sanctuary Cities’
Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Florida House of Representatives voted Wednesday to require local officials to comply with federal immigration authorities, a move that brings the Republican-controlled state government to the cusp of enacting one of the nation’s most stringent laws against “sanctuary cities,” The Washington ... .. read more..

White Supremacist Executed in Texas for 1998 Murder
Thursday, April 25, 2019

The execution, carried out at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville, came after the United States Supreme Court turned down King’s last petition for a stay. .. read more..

World Leaders Trying to Thwart Spread of Terrorism on Social Media
Thursday, April 25, 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron plan to host a meeting with world leaders and tech company executives in Paris on May 15, alongside a Tech for Humanity meeting of digital ministers from leading industrial nations. .. read more..

USA Today Network Compiles Trove of Police Misconduct Records
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Reporters from USA TODAY, its 100-plus affiliated newsrooms and the nonprofit Invisible Institute in Chicago have spent more than a year creating the biggest collection of police misconduct records. .. read more..

Boy Scouts Hit with Fresh Abuse Claims
Thursday, April 25, 2019

The group of attorneys said it has identified 150 alleged pedophiles never before publicly accused. .. read more..

Waymo Announces Plans to Build Self-Driving Cars in Detroit
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The original Motor City is emerging as a leader in the next chapter in auto development. Waymo, formerly the self-driving car project launched by Google, announced it will locate its mass production of level 4 autonomous vehicle technology in Detroit. The company will partner with American Axle a... .. read more..

Prison Population Continues to Decline: Vera Study
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The falling national incarceration rate in 2018—a 1.8 percent overall decrease relative to the population—was driven mainly by a substantial drop-off in the federal Bureau of Prisons and a handful of key states, including the incarceration juggernauts New York, Missouri, and the Carolinas. .. read more..

Texas Deaths in Pretrial Custody Soared Over Past Decade: Study
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Texas last year suffered the highest number of deaths of jailed individuals awaiting trial since 2007, according to statistics compiled by the Texas Justice Initiative. About half of the deaths were traced to “natural causes,” followed by suicide. .. read more..

Bipartisan ‘Clean Slate’ Bill Would Seal Records for Pot, Other Offenses
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Clean Slate Act, introduced this week by Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), would automatically seal the record of someone who has been convicted of simple possession of marijuana. It would allow people to petition U.S. courts to seal records for other nonviolent ... .. read more..

Texas Deaths in Pretrial Custody Soared Over Past Decade: Study
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Texas last year suffered the highest number of deaths of jailed individuals awaiting trial since 2007, according to statistics compiled by the Texas Justice Initiative. About half of the deaths were traced to “natural causes,” followed by suicide. .. read more..

Do Gun-Owners Need Privacy Protection From ‘Harassing’ Doctors? 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

An Arkansas doctor argues his medical colleagues overstep ethical boundaries and violate privacy rights when they question gun-owners about whether they have firearms at home that are safely stored and inaccessible to children. .. read more..

Self-Driving Cars Get the Greenlight Under New Utah Law
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A newly minted Utah law has given self-driving cars a greenlight throughout the state.  House Bill 101 , signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert in late March after passing unanimously in the Legislature, makes it legal for autonomous vehicles to operate on public roads throughout the state. It... .. read more..

More California Jail Inmates Die After Prison ‘Realignment’
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Eleven Fresno, Ca., jail inmates died last year, and 13 others were beaten and hospitalized. Violence in the state's jails has increased since the state shifted many inmates from prisons to local jails starting in 2011. .. read more..

Jails Are Forced to Improve as Drug Treatment Centers
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

County jails are struggling to adjust to an opioid health crisis that has turned many jails into their area's largest drug treatment centers, NPR reports. More jails are adding some form of medication-assisted treatment to help inmates safely detox from opioids and stay clean behind bars and afte... .. read more..

Opioid Crisis Turns More Jails into ‘Drug Treatment Centers’
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

More jails are adding some form of medication-assisted treatment to help inmates safely detox from opioids and stay clean behind bars and after release. But there are concerns about potential abuse of the treatment drugs, as well as worries about the efficacy of programs that jails weren't design... .. read more..

Drug Wholesaler to Pay $20M Fine in Opioid Case
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Federal prosecutors charged drug distributor Rochester Drug Cooperative and two of its former executives with illegally shipping prescription painkillers and defrauding the federal government. One of the defendants says federal officials framed him. .. read more..

Sanders’ Backing of Felon Voting Brings GOP Attack
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The notion of voting rights for those still in prison has opened up Sen. Bernie Sanders and other Democratic candidates to attacks from Republicans painting them as soft on criminals. The Republican National Committee already blasted the Vermont senator. .. read more..

Maryland Called Leader in Use of ‘Red-Flag’ Laws
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

At least 14 states now have laws allowing "extreme risk protection orders" that allow authorities to seize guns from people deemed to be an immediate threat. States' use of the orders vary, and a few studies have suggested that they are effective. .. read more..

Students Work to Guide Future of VR Learning in High Schools
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

While the world at large seems to agree that virtual reality tech will play a major role in the future, few sectors have established best practices for how the emerging capabilities should be used. With this in mind, a group of students who met at Virginia Tech have formed their own company aimed... .. read more..

Illinois Town of 26,000 Has Nation’s Highest Murder Rate
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The chances of being murdered in East St. Louis, IL., are 19 times greater than the national average. The high-unemployment town suffered 454 murders from 2000 to 2018. .. read more..

Illinois, Puerto Rico Tap AmpliFund for Grant Management
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Two big governments — the state of Illinois and territory of Puerto Rico — have chosen the same grant management software to handle both applying for and making grants. According to a news release, Illinois has decided on AmpliFund to automate a new comprehensive, statewide grant-mana... .. read more..

Bipartisan House Pair Pushing ‘Clean Slate Act’
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), introduced the Clean Slate Act. It would automatically seal the record of someone who has been convicted of simple possession of marijuana. It would allow people to petition U.S. courts to seal records for other nonviolent crimes. .. read more..

13 Deaths at Discount FL Plastic Surgery Clinics Prod Charges of Failed Overs...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Two clinics were operated by individuals who had been convicted of Medicare fraud. One clinic operator maintained that his 25-year-old conviction should not "affect anybody's feeling of my integrity today." .. read more..

Senators, Groups Oppose ‘Diversion’ Hiring Move
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A bipartisan group of senators and several criminal justice groups are urging the Trump administration to drop a proposal that would require federal job applicants to disclose whether they went through a criminal diversion program. Critics say the rule would make it harder for former offenders to... .. read more..

NYC Lab Director Who Questioned DNA Test Gets $1M
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Marina Stajic was fired after she challenged a controversial DNA testing technique used in criminal cases. The city settled a lawsuit she filed over her dismissal for $1 million. .. read more..

When Smaller Is Better: A New Way to Modernize IT (Contributed)
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Government digital services are complex and overwhelming to the program managers and procurement officers charged with modernizing software. Whether it is a citizen-facing portal; legacy software used to evaluate, approve and manage requests; reporting requirements to maintain compliance; or the ... .. read more..

Houston Works Toward Data-Driven Disaster Response
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

MetroLab Network  has partnered with Government Technology to bring its readers a segment called the MetroLab Innovation of the Month Series , which highlights impactful tech, data and innovation projects underway between cities and universities. If you’d like to learn more or contact ... .. read more..

How the Fight for ‘Prison Phone Justice’ Scored a Major Victory
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The FCC decision this month to block a merger between Securus Technologies and ICSolutions was a milestone in the campaign against predatory communications fees charged to incarcerated individuals and their families. A leading activist recounts the story. .. read more..

A Fresh Start: Expunging Criminal Convictions
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A first-of-its kind Michigan study found that individuals who took advantage of a law allowing them to wipe convictions from their record increased their income by 25 percent within two years. .. read more..

How the Fight for ‘Prison Phone Justice’ Scored a Major Victory
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The FCC decision this month to block a merger between Securus Technologies and ICSolutions was a milestone in the campaign against predatory communications fees charged to incarcerated individuals and their families. A leading activist recounts the story. .. read more..

How the Fight for ‘Prison Phone Justice’ Scored a Major Victory
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The FCC decision this month to block a merger between Securus Technologies and ICSolutions was a milestone in the campaign against predatory communications fees charged to incarcerated individuals and their families. A leading activist recounts the story. .. read more..

A Fresh Start: Expunging Criminal Convictions
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A first-of-its kind Michigan study found that individuals who took advantage of a law allowing them to wipe convictions from their record increased their income by 25 percent within two years. .. read more..

Brett Goldstein Leaves Ekistic Ventures for Federal Post
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Brett Goldstein , the former CIO for the city of Chicago who went on to launch a venture capital fund focused on urban technology, is leaving that firm in order to take a job leading the Defense Digital Service. The DDS is the branch of the U.S. Digital Service — a kind of technology consul... .. read more..

Microsoft Exec John Paul Farmer Named as NYC CTO
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A longtime innovation leader who also served under the Obama administration has been chosen as New York City’s new chief technology officer. John Paul Farmer, who has worked as Microsoft’s director of Technology and Civic Innovation for the past five years, will serve in the new role,... .. read more..

ICE Seeks More Migrant Detention Space Amid Crunch
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Department of Homeland Security officials have looked at housing migrant children at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and the Defense Department may use military bases for migrant detention. .. read more..

Trump May Limit Entry from High-Visa-Overstay Nations
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In a memo Monday, President Trump directed officials to examine new ways to minimize the number of people overstaying their business and tourist visas as part of a renewed focus on immigration as the 2020 presidential campaign kicks into high gear. .. read more..

New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet Nominated for Second Term
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

New Hampshire’s Chief Information Officer Denis Goulet has been nominated for a second four-year term by recently re-elected Republican Gov. Chris Sununu . The state’s Executive Council will vote on the nomination May 1. Goulet was appointed CIO in April 2015 by Gov. Maggie Hassan, a ... .. read more..

More Programs Help Former Inmates Find Housing
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Housing is the key to understanding the recidivism puzzle," says Steve Berg of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Georgia has opened a reentry facility to give "returning citizens" counseling, training and housing support. .. read more..

Vera Report Outlines ‘Damaging’ Pretrial Detention Effects
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A new Vera Institute report commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge contends that pretrial detention "actually causes more damage than good to the overall results of the criminal justice system." .. read more..

Court Rules Tire-Chalking Enforcement Unconstitutional
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The age-old parking enforcement practice of tire-chalking is unconstitutional, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled Monday in a first-of-its kind decision, saying it violated the Fourth Amendment’s bar on unreasonable searches. .. read more..

Connecticut Names State's First Chief Performance Officer
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

With the goal of creating a cross-agency system to manage and improve performance, Connecticut’s governor has appointed the state’s first chief performance officer. David Wilkinson, who has been the commissioner of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood for two years, will step int... .. read more..

Will Smollett Case Undermine Foxx’ Reform Agenda?
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The decision to dismiss charges against actor Jussie Smollett may have followed Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx’s reform agenda, but it prompted an outburst of personal threats against her and gave fresh ammunition to those who oppose her policies. .. read more..

Five Cities Take Honors in the 2019 Smart Readiness Challenge
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In a move to reward collaboration, sustainability and other smart city goals, five communities in North America were awarded the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge. The Smart Cities Council announced the five winners last week during Smart Cities Week San Diego. The five winners were winnowed from ... .. read more..

Harris Features Gun Control in Presidential Campaign
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Kamala Harris said she would take significant action to curb spiraling U.S. gun violence, an effort by the California senator and former prosecutor to own the gun-control issue in a crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field. .. read more..

Sanders: ‘Terrible People’ Should Be Allowed to Vote
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders says the Boston Marathon bomber and other convicts should be allowed to cast votes. Fellow presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, disagrees. .. read more..

GA Jury Returns $70M Verdict in Kroger Shooting Case
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A jury in DeKalb County, Ga., said the grocer was responsible for not providing security in a high-crime area where a man was shot between 11 and 14 times by a robber. .. read more..

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