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    PNS Daily Newscast - Tuesday May 31st, 20160 


    Topping the news today: North Korea apparently tried to launch another missile but failed, The head of the Cincinnati Zoo is standing by the decision to shoot and kill a gorilla, and one state is making an attempt to get healthy food to low income residents.

Criminal Justice

More than a year after he was arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks, there are no official answers about why or how Jamycheal Mitchell died in jail. (Youtube/Mitchell Family)

RICHMOND, Va. – Nearly a year later, it's still unclear how a mentally ill Virginia man died in jail after being arrested for stealing $5 worth of snacks. When Jamycheal Mitchell was arrested in April 2015, the 24-year-old was under the delusion his father owned the Portsmouth convenience st ...Read More

Florida activists want to restore voting rights to many of the people who have served prison time. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

ORLANDO, Fla. - More than one in 10 Floridians and nearly a quarter of African-Americans in Florida will be shut out of the polls in November because of past mistakes - but civil rights activists say they hope to change that. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., has introduced legislation in the House - ...Read More

Some first-time DUI offenders in Pennsylvania will be required to install ignition interlocks in their cars. (Rsheram/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is clamping down harder on drunk driving. Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed a bill into law that requires many first-time offenders convicted of drunk driving to have an ignition interlock on their vehicles for a year. The device prevents the car from starting when t ...Read More

Naomi Goldberg is co-author of a new report that finds transgender people are vulnerable to many forms of discrimination that make them far more likely to end up in jail and prison. (Jimenez/Funders for LGBTQ Issues)

BOSTON – A new report says it is not just controversial bathroom laws, but a wide range of factors that make transgender people vulnerable to a wide range of harm. Naomi Goldberg, the report’s co-author and research and policy director for the Movement Advancement Project, says that in ...Read More

Now that drugs normally used for lethal injections are unavailable, Utah could carry out future  executions using a firing squad. (zerbor/iStockphoto)

SALT LAKE CITY - With the drugs most commonly used for lethal injections no longer available, the state of Utah may revert to carrying out death sentences with a firing squad. The state has used lethal injection for most of its executions since 1977, but firing squads have remained an option in some ...Read More

Voting rights activists approve of Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring voting rights for felons. (Flicker/Governor Terry McAuliffe)

RICHMOND, Va. – Gov. Terry McAuliffe's restoration of the vote for felons in Virginia goes in the opposite direction of an ugly national trend, according to voting rights activists. Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the multi-racial civil rights group Advancement Project, says numerous st ...Read More

Pop Culture Classroom kicks off a new literacy program at the Sterling Correctional Facility on Saturday. (Stephanie Wolf/Colorado Public Radio)

DENVER - If you've been anywhere near downtown during Denver's Comic Con, you've probably seen swarms of people dressed up as their favorite comic book characters. But you may not know that the event's parent organization, Pop Culture Classroom, also brings literacy programs to prisons across the st ...Read More

A new report highlights the fight for better conditions waged by families with incarcerated children. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - About 225,000 kids younger than age 18 are arrested in California each year, and many end up in a juvenile facility. Now, many of their families are joining a nationwide movement - banding together to demand humane treatment for children behind bars. That's part of a new report ...Read More

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