Monday, July 31, 2017

To Reduce Recidivism, States Scrap Barriers for Ex-Offenders

To ease prison crowding and rein in corrections spending, state legislatures are trying to help ex-offenders re-enter society with the goal of ensuring they don’t return to prison. People exiting… Read More
Friday, July 7, 2017

Jailhouses Experiment with Ways to Lock Less People Up

Lockup has gotten a lot less crowded in Charleston, S.C. Over the past two years, the number of admissions at the county jail has dropped 30 percent, in turn bringing… Read More
Friday, July 7, 2017

Opioid Prescriptions Dropped For the First Time in the Modern Drug Crisis

The number of prescriptions for opioids written by health care providers declined between 2012 and 2015, the government reported Thursday, introducing a glimmer of progress in efforts to quell the… Read More
Friday, July 7, 2017

The Cost of Water Is Rising. Philadelphia Has an Unprecedented Plan to Make It More Affordable

This week, Philadelphia is launching a first-of-its-kind program to address a common problem: Late and unpaid water bills can leave low-income people without the ability to shower or cook food… Read More
Friday, July 7, 2017

Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Gun-Law Revisions Ruled Unconstitutional

A Florida judge ruled Monday that lawmakers’ changes to the state’s controversial “stand your ground” self-defense law violate the state’s constitution. The decision dealt a blow to gun-rights supporters who… Read More
Friday, July 7, 2017

States May Shackle AT&T, Comcast on Web Data After U.S. Retreat

Soon after President Donald Trump took office with a pledge to cut regulations, Republicans in Congress killed an Obama-era rule restricting how broadband companies may use customer data such as… Read More
Friday, July 7, 2017

In Extreme Community Policing, Cops Become the Neighbor

North Winnebago Street doesn’t look like a high-crime area. The tidy homes in this Rockford, Ill., neighborhood are well cared for. Kids walk to and from nearby Welsh Elementary School.… Read More
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay

Senators, the United States is a sick country. Four years ago, a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council set out to assess… Read More
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create… Read More
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Georgia Sees Huge Drop in People on Food Stamps

Georgia is seeing a significant decrease in the number of people receiving food stamps as the improving economy lifts many recipients into new jobs and frees them from the fear… Read More
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