Urban, Social Data Helps Reduce Fire and Safety Risk
Tuesday, February 19, 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 the pr... .. read more..

Cybersecurity Communities: Defending IT Collaboratively (Contributed)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Hiring the best and brightest cybersecurity talent will always be difficult for state and local governments. They have to compete with private-sector firms that can offer significantly greater compensation. Many government agencies also must meet rigorous certification standards for new hires, in... .. read more..

EV Programs Need to Remember Disadvantaged Communities
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Electric vehicle car-shares, charging ports and other pieces of the green mobility future may go unused in many communities if the projects fail to understand the communities that they hope to serve. “I think it’s important that this is just not about, lets put some electric vehicles ... .. read more..

Miami-Dade Sex Offenders ‘Forced to be Homeless’
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

An ordinance that bans anyone convicted of a sex offense with a minor from living near schools effectively puts most of the county out of reach for hundreds of individuals. The ACLU argues the ordinance, like similar statutes elsewhere, is unconstitutional. .. read more..

Increase in Female Inmates Linked to Opioid Crisis, Poverty
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jail authorities in one western Pennsylvania county saw a 54 percent increase in the number of females, many of them single mothers, compared to 3.5 percent for men.  It’s part of a national trend that some ascribe to the opioid crisis and others to the inequities created by money bail. .. read more..

Do Marijuana Dispensaries Cause Rise in Crime?
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A new study found an association between marijuana dispensaries and increases in rates of crime and disorder in neighborhoods in Denver, shortly after Colorado commenced legal retail sales of marijuana. .. read more..

Upsurge in NYC Hate Crimes Targets Jewish Communities
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

There were 55 hate crimes reported in NYC this year as of Feb. 17, an increase of 72 percent over the same period last year, the NYPD said. Anti-Semitic crimes made up almost two-thirds of that, for a total of 36 crimes reported so far this year, compared with 21 last year. .. read more..

Do Marijuana Dispensaries Cause Rise in Crime?
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A new study found an association between marijuana dispensaries and increases in rates of crime and disorder in neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado, shortly after Colorado commenced legal retail sales of marijuana. .. read more..

Increase in Female Inmates Linked to Opioid Crisis, Poverty
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Jail authorities in one western Pennsylvania county saw a 54 percent increase in the number of females, many of them single mothers, compared to 3.5 percent for men.  It’s part of a national trend that some ascribe to the opioid crisis and others to the inequities created by money bail. .. read more..

Lawsuits Could Push Wall Issue Into 2020 Campaign
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sixteen states filed suit challenging President Trump’s national-emergency declaration to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The case sets up a showdown with the administration that could go to the Supreme Court and last through the 2020 election. .. read more..

Miami-Dade Sex Offenders ‘Forced to be Homeless’
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

An ordinance that bans anyone convicted of a sex offense with a minor from living near schools effectively puts most of the county out of reach for hundreds of individuals has been upheld by a Miami federal court,. The ACLU plans to appeal, arguing the ordinance, like similar statutes elsewhere, ... .. read more..

Newark, N.J., Names Former State CIO Emanuel as IT Chief
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Steve Emanuel, who formerly served as CIO for the state of New Jersey, is now serving in the same role for the state’s most populous city. Newark officials appointed Emanuel as the city's CIO earlier this month, a City Hall official confirmed Tuesday. He replaces acting CIO Tawana Johnson, ... .. read more..

GOP in Six States Works to Repeal the Death Penalty
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The about-face on an issue that has long been key to the Republican tough-on-crime credo is the latest sign of a bipartisan shift on criminal justice reform. .. read more..

Supreme Court Voids Texas Death Penalty, 6-3
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

In the second time the case was heard at the high court, the justices ruled that inmate Bobby James Moore is intellectually disabled and may not be executed. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg returned to the bench after lung cancer surgery. .. read more..

Stone Apologizes to Judge for Photo With Crosshairs
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Roger Stone deletes an Instagram post that showed Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over his case, with crosshairs in the background. .. read more..

More States Allow Convicts to Remove Their Records
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

In the last two years, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws to help people move on from criminal records, mostly misdemeanors. Marijuana legalization and decriminalization have played a big role driving reforms. .. read more..

More States Allow Removal of Arrest, Conviction Records
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

In the last two years, more than 20 states have expanded or added laws to help people move on from criminal records, mostly misdemeanors. Marijuana legalization and decriminalization have played a big role driving reforms. .. read more..

Companies Install Gunshot Detectors in Offices, Factories
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

After more deadly workplace incidents, firm are bringing in gunfire-detection systems. They usually don't tell employees, for fear of alarming them. .. read more..

MD Police Asked 223 Sex Crime Victims to Waive Probes
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The practice runs counter to guidance from experts and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. .. read more..

After Deadly Drug Raid, Houston Ends No-Knock Warrants
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

"The no-knock warrants are going to go away like leaded gasoline in this city," Acevedo told a crowd of activists, reformers and concerned community members. A recent raid left two people dead and five officers injured. .. read more..

IL Police Wrongly Issued Gun Permit to Man Who Killed 5
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The state later revoked Gary Martin's gun license but it is not clear that the local police department followed up. .. read more..

Migrant, 45, Dies in U.S. Border Patrol Custody
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

 The death marks the third time an immigrant has died after being taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol in the last two months. .. read more..

Criminal Justice News Coverage in 2018
Monday, February 18, 2019

Mass shootings, the special counsel’s Russia investigation, immigration, and sexual assault charges against powerful men in the worlds of entertainment, media and business dominated the news media coverage of criminal justice in 2018. But the most significant development, as it was in 2017, was t... .. read more..

Criminal Justice News Coverage in 2017
Monday, February 18, 2019

After a year of concentration on national politics, much coverage of crime and justice in 2017 in the U.S. news media shifted to a discussion of the presidential election’s aftermath and of a topic given new prominence by Donald Trump’s presidency: immigration. .. read more..

The First Step Act:  It’s Only a ‘First Step’
Monday, February 18, 2019

Congress shouldn’t rest on its laurels following the landmark sentencing overhaul bill signed into law in December, writes one of the original advocates of the legislation. He argues the changes should be part of a major ongoing effort to reform the U.S. justice system. .. read more..

Prescription Opioids Lead to More Fatal Car Crashes: Study
Monday, February 18, 2019

The use of prescription opioids by drivers is increasingly implicated as a contributory cause in fatal motor vehicle crashes, according to a new study published in the JAMA Network Open. .. read more..

Gun Violence Top Issue as 14 Vie for Chicago Mayor
Monday, February 18, 2019

“There’s no place we can call safe,” said former police superintendent Garry McCarthy, one of 14 people running to succeed two-term Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next week’s election. Many voters are demanding that the city's next leader overhaul its troubled police force. .. read more..

Cyber Attacks on Elections Called ‘Imminent National Security Threat’
Monday, February 18, 2019

In a joint bipartisan resolution, 22 Western governors called on the feds to make cybersecurity a top national priority, beginning with restoring the position of the White House cybersecurity coordinator—eliminated in May. .. read more..

IL Shooter Had Gun Despite Beating Ex-Girlfriend
Monday, February 18, 2019

Gary Martin, 45, killed five employees after he was fired from a manufacturing job in Aurora, Il. His felony record in Mississippi did not prevent him from acquiring a gun. Martin was killed by police after wounding five officers. .. read more..

New York Police Want Authority to Take Down Drones
Monday, February 18, 2019

Illegal drone use in New York City has surged from three incidents in 2013 to 550 in 2017. Authorities fear drones could be used in a terror attack. .. read more..

75 Scholars Call Book on Pot’s Dangers ‘Alarmism’
Monday, February 18, 2019

In a new book, "Tell Your Children," Alex Berenson, says marijuana's active compound, THD, is linked with schizoprenia and violence. Critics in an open letter call Berenson's work "flawed pop science." .. read more..

‘First Amendment Auditor’ Shot by Guard in L.A.
Monday, February 18, 2019

An armed security guard shot a YouTube personality outside a Los Angeles synagogue as the confrontation was live-streamed to thousands of followers. "First Amendment auditing" has morphed into a YouTube subculture. .. read more..

Drug Money Plays Big Role in South Texas Economy
Monday, February 18, 2019

The El Chapo trial showed the hold that drug traffickers and their money have on police and politicians in Mexico. Drug profits also have a big influence in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. .. read more..

Trump Accuses McCabe of ‘Treasonous’ Behavior
Monday, February 18, 2019

The president criticized former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe in a tweet after McCabe told "60 Minutes" that a "crime may have been committed" by Trump. .. read more..

Trump Again Praises China’s Executing Drug Dealers
Monday, February 18, 2019

President Trump says Chinese President Xi Jinping told him China has no drug problem because it puts drug dealers to death. Actually there were 2.5 million Chinese drug addicts in 2017. .. read more..

More Than 1,000 in Mexico Seeking U.S. Asylum Give Up
Monday, February 18, 2019

Many asylum seekers accept an offer by Mexico to be returned home to Honduras or elsewhere. That shows some harsh policies of the Trump administration are achieving their intended effects. .. read more..

LA Prisons, Jails Hold Inmates Beyond Release Dates
Monday, February 18, 2019

Every week over the last decade, Louisiana's prison staff found at least one person who had been kept in jail or prison longer than a sentence required. One state inmate was imprisoned 960 days, almost three years, past his official release date. Civil rights lawyers have filed lawsuits over the ... .. read more..

Praised Houston Cop May Be Charged With Crime
Monday, February 18, 2019

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo called officer Gerald Goines "tough as nails" after he was involved in a raid in which two civilians were killed. Now the chief says Goines could face criminal charges if he can't justify a no-knock warrant. .. read more..

Judge Issues Gag Order in Roger Stone Case
Monday, February 18, 2019

Roger Stone opposed a gag order, saying he makes much of his living as a commentator. He is charged with lying to Congress about the Trump presidential campaign and WikiLeaks. .. read more..

TX Prisoner Transport Firm Closes After Suspect Escapes
Monday, February 18, 2019

Texas Prisoner Transportation Services went out of business after a double-murder suspect escaped from one of its vans near Houston. .. read more..

IL Shooter Had Gun Despite Beating Ex-Girlfriend
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Gary Martin, 45, killed five employees after he was fired from a manufacturing job in Aurora, Il. His felony record in Mississippi did not prevent him from acquiring a gun. Martin was killed by police after wounding five officers. .. read more..

‘First Amendment Auditor’ Shot by Guard in L.A.
Sunday, February 17, 2019

An armed security guard shot a YouTube personality outside a Los Angeles synagogue as the confrontation was live-streamed to thousands of followers. "First Amendment auditing" has morphed into a YouTube subculture. .. read more..

Data Breaches: What Do the Numbers Mean?
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Risk Based Security came out with their annual data breach report this past week. Overall, 2018 brought the second-highest number of reported data breaches of any year on record. “It’s been an unusual year for breach activity,” commented Inga Goddijn, executive vice president of... .. read more..

More Than 1,000 in Mexico Seeking U.S. Asylum Give Up
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Many asylum seekers accept an offer by Mexico to be returned home to Honduras or elsewhere. That shows some harsh policies of the Trump administration are achieving their intended effects. .. read more..

LA Prisons, Jails Hold Inmates Beyond Release Dates
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Every week over the last decade, Louisiana's prison staff found at least one person who had been kept in jail or prison longer than a sentence required. One state inmate was imprisoned 960 days, almost three years, past his official release date. Civil rights lawyers have filed lawsuits over the ... .. read more..

Judge Issues Gag Order in Roger Stone Case
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Roger Stone opposed a gag order, saying he makes much of his living as a commentator. He is charged with lying to Congress about the Trump presidential campaign and WikiLeaks. .. read more..

TX Prisoner Transport Firm Closes After Suspect Escapes
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Texas Prisoner Transportation Services went out of business after a double-murder suspect escaped from one of its vans near Houston. .. read more..

Worker Being Fired Kills Five Employees at Illinois Plant
Saturday, February 16, 2019

A 15-year employee also wounded five law enforcement officers before being killed by police. The incident happened at a valve manufacturer in Aurora, 40 miles west of Chicago. .. read more..

Trump Again Praises China’s Executing Drug Dealers
Saturday, February 16, 2019

President Trump says Chinese President Xi Jinping told him China has no drug problem because it puts drug dealers to death. Actually there were 2.5 million Chinese drug addicts in 2017. .. read more..

California Water District Opens Spigots for Tech Upgrade
Friday, February 15, 2019

When Luis Maciel joined the Coachella Valley Water District, he found infrastructure in sore need of technology upgrades. “The legacy system had reached end of life and we were having a hard time maintaining it,” said Maciel, CVWD’s director of information systems. “The SC... .. read more..

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