Alabama to Receive $62.3M in USDA Funds for Rural Broadband
Friday, December 6, 2019

Several broadband efforts in rural Alabama will move forward thanks to an investment of $62.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds , all from the federal agency’s ReConnect Pilot Program, will assist four different broadband projects in the state. A loan-grant combinat... .. read more..

Drone Operator Group to Address Challenges in Cities
Friday, December 6, 2019

What should you do if someone is operating a drone near you? Where should you move? Should you be a certain number of feet away from the machine? These are the sort of questions that police, firefighters and other stakeholders hope to clarify as part of the Major Cities Working Group, a new initi... .. read more..

Innovation Team Helps Remove License Reinstatement Barriers
Friday, December 6, 2019

Durham, N.C., had a problem, with one in five adult residents having a suspended or revoked driver’s license.  Moreover, 80 percent of those affected were African-American or Hispanic. Given that a driver’s license is often vital — for getting to work, school, doctors' appo... .. read more..

Border Walls Don’t Prevent Crime, Study Finds
Friday, December 6, 2019

A new study published by Ryan Abman and Hisham S. Foad, both of San Diego State University, found no evidence that existing structures set up to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. have contributed to a reduction in crime rates. .. read more..

When it Comes to Parole Supervision, Less Is More
Friday, December 6, 2019

People who are returning from prison face a gauntlet of challenges. Why do we make things more difficult for them by making them subject to technical violations that have little to do with public safety? .. read more..

When It Comes to Parole Supervision, Less is More
Friday, December 6, 2019

People who are returning from prison face a gauntlet of challenges. Why do we make things more difficult for them by making them subject to technical violations that have little to do with public safety? .. read more..

4 Dead, Including Gunman, in Pensacola Naval Base Shooting
Friday, December 6, 2019

The incident is the second fatal shooting at a naval facility this week.  On Wednesday, an active duty US sailor killed two civilian employees and injured another before killing himself at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii. .. read more..

When it Comes to Parole Supervision, Less Is More
Friday, December 6, 2019

People who are returning from prison face a gauntlet of challenges. Why do we make things more difficult for them by making them subject to technical violations that have little to do with public safety? .. read more..

U.S. Says Two Russian Hackers Stole $70M From Thousands
Friday, December 6, 2019

Maksim Yakubets, 32, known as "Aqua," and Igor Turashev, 38, known as "Enki," were described by federal authorities as the "most prolific cyber criminals in the world. They live in Russia and are unlikely to be arrested. .. read more..

U.S. Accuses Two Russian Hackers of Stealing $70M from Worldwide Bank Accounts
Friday, December 6, 2019

Maksim Yakubets, 32, known as "Aqua," and Igor Turashev, 38, known as "Enki," were described by federal authorities as the "most prolific cyber criminals in the world." They live in Russia and are unlikely to be arrested. .. read more..

Border Walls Don’t Prevent Crime, Study Finds
Friday, December 6, 2019

A new study published by Ryan Abman and Hisham S. Foad, both of San Diego State University, found no evidence that existing structures set up to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. have contributed to a reduction in crime rates. .. read more..

ICE Bed Dispute Could Risk Federal Shutdown
Friday, December 6, 2019

The debate over funding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has emerged as a major stumbling block in negotiations to keep the government open beyond Dec. 20, with some lawmakers saying it is a more divisive issue than President Donald Trump's proposed border wall. Democrats want to limit t... .. read more..

How ICE Investigates Child Sex Abuse Cases
Friday, December 6, 2019

It doesn't get much attention compared with immigration issues, but the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency made 3,771 arrests in child exploitation cases in the last fiscal year. .. read more..

3,000 Uber Passengers Reported Sex Assaults Last Year
Friday, December 6, 2019

Nine passengers were murdered and 58 riders were killed in crashes last year. These incidents, which include 229 rapes, represent just a small fraction of the more than 1.3 billion rides Uber facilitated in the U.S. in the past year but they come at a time when the company is increasingly under s... .. read more..

U.S. Says Two Russian Hackers Stole $70M From Thousands
Friday, December 6, 2019

Maksim Yakubets, 32, known as "Aqua," and Igor Turashev, 38, known as "Enki," were described by federal authorities as the "most prolific cyber criminals in the world. They live in Russia and are unlikely to be arrested. .. read more..

Continuing Prison Scandals Challenge Maryland Authorities
Friday, December 6, 2019

With the state repeatedly confronting unprofessional guards who break the law, more questions must be asked about the recruitment, training, staffing and oversight failures, says a state legislator. “It is outrageous that this continues," says Baltimore Democrat Luke Clippinger. .. read more..

WVA Corrections Workers Suspended for Nazi Salute
Friday, December 6, 2019

After a photo emerged depicting a training class of correctional officers performing a Nazi salute, a state official called the incident “distasteful, hurtful, disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate.” .. read more..

Data Key to Pennsylvania’s Drop in Opioid-Related Fatalities
Friday, December 6, 2019

Pennsylvania officials say they have seen an 18 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths statewide, and a key part of the drop has been efficiently sharing data among agencies.  To be specific, in 2017 roughly 5,500 people in Pennsylvania died from causes related to opioid use. In 2018, tha... .. read more..

Tennessee Executes Blind Inmate in Electric Chair
Friday, December 6, 2019

Lee Hall, 53, was the fourth person put to death by electric chair in the state since last year. He was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend by lighting her on fire. .. read more..

Bloomberg Issues Gun-Control Plan Near Shooting Site
Friday, December 6, 2019

Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg unveiled a gun control policy in Aurora, Co., near the site of a mass shooting at a theater, calling for a ban on all assault weapons, mandatory permits for gun purchasers and a new position in the White House to coordinate gun violence prevention. .. read more..

Appeals Court Backs Trump on Migrants, Federal Aid
Friday, December 6, 2019

A divided federal appeals court lifted injunctions blocking the Trump administration from implementing a rule aimed at limiting immigration benefits for individuals who participate in government programs such as food stamps or Medicaid. Judge Jay Bybee criticizes Congress for inaction on immigrat... .. read more..

Four Die in Florida Shootout in Jewelry Robber Chase
Friday, December 6, 2019

Two suspects who attempted to steal jewelry from a Coral Gables store hijacked a UPS delivery truck and led police on a 20-mile chase. The suspects, the truck driver and a bystander were killed. .. read more..

Critic: Little Has Changed Under Newark Police Decree
Friday, December 6, 2019

Federal consent decrees to improve the civil-rights records of local police departments have produced many changes, but not in cities like Newark, where the Trump administration may not be pursuing the case actively. .. read more..

Dallas DA Fights Contempt Charge in Guyger Case
Friday, December 6, 2019

Dallas County District Attorney John Creuzot wants to dismiss a contempt case in which he is accused of violating a gag order in the murder trial of former Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger for the fatal shooting of Botham Jean. The judge said a television interview on the eve of the trial was i... .. read more..

Muslim Pursues Suit Against ‘Guantanamo North’
Friday, December 6, 2019

A former federal prisoner is continuing his lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons over "communications management units" in two lockups in the Midwest. Critics complain that they are unfairly used to restrict the rights of Muslim inmates. .. read more..

Michigan Network Outage Was Not a Cyberattack, Officials Say
Thursday, December 5, 2019

The  downing of the Michigan state government network last week  forced a rash of office closures and temporary service delays, but the state's IT staff was able to remedy the issue with relative expedience.   Initial fears that the outage may have been the result of a cy... .. read more..

Transportation Data Startup Remix Names Tiffany Chu New CEO
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Remix , a startup that provides data and collaboration software to public-sector transportation officials, is changing CEOs. Sam Hashemi, who has served as CEO since Remix's founding five years ago, is stepping down to become a board member and strategic advisor, according to a company blog post ... .. read more..

Investigating—and Stopping—the Lone Terrorist
Thursday, December 5, 2019

A recent FBI report examining 52 attacks between 1972 and 2015 by individuals acting alone dispels some of the myths about “lone wolf” terrorism in the U.S. But it also offers some important lessons about how to prevent the horrific tragedies they cause, writes a former Air Force intelligence ana... .. read more..

‘Thin Blue Line’ Flags Inflame Police Critics in NYC
Thursday, December 5, 2019

A symbol of solidarity with law enforcement is provoking bitter reaction from critics who say it’s also a thinly veiled defense of aggressive police tactics. Flags appearing at several New York police stations this week were taken down within days. .. read more..

‘Unlocked and Unsafe’: Broken Cell Doors at Arizona Prisons
Thursday, December 5, 2019

A whistleblower complaint filed by an associate deputy warden alleges that faulty locks and other problems in Arizona facilities have gone ignored by authorities for years. Gov. Doug Ducey said he is reviewing the complaint. .. read more..

Zimmerman Files $100m Lawsuit Against Trayvon Martin Family, Lawyer
Thursday, December 5, 2019

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of charges related to his shooting of Martin, then 17, claims there was a conspiracy involving a fake witness that led to his arrest and prosecution. Zimmerman now names several former prosecutors, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state of Flor... .. read more..

Investigating—and Stopping—the Lone Terrorist
Thursday, December 5, 2019

A recent FBI report examining 52 attacks between 1972 and 2015 by individuals acting alone dispels some of the myths about “lone wolf” terrorism in the U.S. But it also offers some important lessons about how to prevent the horrific tragedies they cause, writes a former Air Force intelligence ana... .. read more..

‘Thin Blue Line’ Flags Inflame Police Critics in NYC
Thursday, December 5, 2019

A symbol of solidarity with law enforcement is provoking bitter reaction from critics who say it’s also a thinly veiled defense of aggressive police tactics. Flags appearing at several New York police stations this week were taken down within days. .. read more..

Data Show ‘Racial Double Standard’ in Drug Prosecutions
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Opioids have changed the way the U.S. looks at drug users, but blacks still are punished more severely than whites, even though drug use within the two racial groups is about the same. .. read more..

Study Says Police Shootings Affect Black Births
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Pregnant black women who lived near the site of California officer-involved fatalities had babies sooner than mothers who weren’t exposed to such incidents during their pregnancies, researchers found. Those infants had significantly lower birth weights. .. read more..

DOJ Says It Stopped More Than 600 ‘Money Mules’
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Money mules help fraud schemes by receiving money from victims, many of them elderly, and forwarding proceeds to foreign-based perpetrators. DOJ said this year's effort led last year's by 200 cases. .. read more..

14 Women Sue U.S. Over Abuse at Florida Federal Prison
Thursday, December 5, 2019

For years, male officers at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex women's work camp in Florida sexually harassed and assaulted inmates in what amounted to a “sanctuary” for systemic abuse, charges a lawsuit by current and former federal prisoners. .. read more..

Barr Prosecutor: No Evidence of U.S. Intelligence Setup
Thursday, December 5, 2019

John Durham, the prosecutor picked by Attorney General William Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, could not offer evidence to the Justice Department’s inspector general to support the suspicions of some conservatives that the case was a setup... .. read more..

Mass Shootings Up, U. S. Shouldn’t Obsess, Fox Says
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Even though the number of shootings in the U.S. in which four or more people were killed has spiked to 32 this year, the U.S. should "stop obsessing over mass shootings," contends Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox. .. read more..

Mass Shootings Up, U.S. Shouldn’t Obsess, Fox Says
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Even though the number of shootings in the U.S. in which four or more people were killed has spiked to 32 this year, the U.S. should "stop obsessing over mass shootings," contends Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox. .. read more..

American Mayors Prioritize Tech Issues for 2020 Election
Thursday, December 5, 2019

An association of America’s mayors has announced its priority issues for the 2020 election, and it put transportation, wastewater systems, clean energy tech and digital government on the shortlist. In a 32-page “call to action” released Wednesday, and in advance of a presidentia... .. read more..

New York City Names Police IT Leader Jessica Tisch New CIO
Thursday, December 5, 2019

The nation’s biggest city has a new CIO. Jessica Tisch, who has led the New York City Police Department’s IT Bureau for about six years, will become commissioner of the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) on Dec. 9, according to the office of Mayor Bi... .. read more..

What’s New in Civic Tech: San Antonio Surveys Digital Equity
Thursday, December 5, 2019

San Antonio has launched a new survey aimed at gauging the severity of the digital divide in its community.  The survey — which is a collaboration between the city, Bexar County, and the University of Texas San Antonio — is live online now , and its branded as SA Speak Up. The qu... .. read more..

Judge Halts Private Wall Building on Mexico Border
Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Texas judge granted a temporary restraining order to the opponents of a crowdfunded project to build part of President Donald Trump’s border wall, siding with a butterfly conservancy that sued over its projected environmental impact. .. read more..

Zimmerman Sues Trayvon Martin Family, Lawyer
Thursday, December 5, 2019

George Zimmerman is suing the family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager he shot nearly eight years ago, seeking more than $100 million from Martin's parents, their attorney and others. Martin family attorney Benamin Crump says, "This tale defies logic." .. read more..

NY Police Won’t Enforce Anti-Annoyance Law
Thursday, December 5, 2019

Lawmakers in Monroe County, N.Y., passed a measure criminalizing an act that “intends to annoy, alarm or threaten the personal safety” of a police officer or first responder. A sheriff said, "This is a solution to a problem that does not exist." .. read more..

Chicago’s ‘Real-Time’ Crime Fighters Score Successes, But Will It Last?
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A RAND study evaluated the organizational structures and technologies employed in Chicago's "Statistic Decision Support Centers" and found that although they helped reduce city crime rates, there were "substantial risks" to their long-term viability. .. read more..

How ‘Dysfunctional’ Rural Justice Systems Hamper the Struggle Against Opoid A...
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Poorly trained coroners, the lack of public defenders and the shortage of funds for alternative treatment—combined with an eagerness to prosecute “drug-induced homicides” —have punished the very communities suffering the most tragic consequences of the opioid epidemic, according to an Arizona law... .. read more..

Property Crime Up Slightly in Areas Close to Pot Dispensaries: Denver Study
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A study by researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice found that neighborhoods in areas close to dispensaries selling recreational marijuana experienced significantly higher levels of property crime. .. read more..

Activists in Western States Boost Nationwide Anti-Death Penalty Movement
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Although the biggest gains for abolitionists this year have come out of California (where the governor declared a moratorium) and New Hampshire (which overrode a governor’s veto to abolish the death penalty), repealing the death penalty has become a recurring theme in places like Utah, Montana, I... .. read more..

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