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PHOTO: People incarcerated in Joliet and other Illinois correctional facilities are in one of the nation's most overcrowded prison systems, according to a new report, and experts warn that the human consequences are devastating. Photo credit: Jacobsteinafm/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois houses an estimated 49,000 people in its prison system, and a recent report finds it's one of the most overcrowded systems in the nation. According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent census of prisoners, Illinois is operating at more than 170 perce ...Read More

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Washington State Director Doug Shadel prowls a parking lot with a convicted ID thief as part of his research about consumer fraud. The group's new survey says few Washingtonians take all the little but important steps to prevent identity theft. Photo courtesy AARP Washington.

SEATTLE - Many Washingtonians are playing right into the hands of crooks and identity thieves, according to a new statewide survey by AARP Washington. And it's the simple fraud prevention tips everyone has heard that, surprisingly, they're not putting into place. Fifty-seven percent of those surve ...Read More

PHOTO: A survey released by Mothers Against Drunk Driving finds the majority of people who choose to use a designated driver when they are out do so because they want to stay safe. Photo credit: D. Medina/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Driving while impaired can lead to big legal troubles, but a new survey finds the fear of a DUI is not the main reason most people choose to use a designated driver. In a survey released Monday by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the majority of respondents indicated they u ...Read More

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and ...Read More

PHOTO: State Senator Robin Webb (D-Grayson) says she will file a bill in the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly to further protect the preservation and handling of DNA evidence in death penalty cases. Photo courtesy of the Legislative Research Commission.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State Sen. Robin Webb says more needs to be done to make sure Kentucky does not execute an innocent person. So, when lawmakers return to Frankfort in January, Webb says she will file a bill to address concerns about biological evidence, lineups, interrogations and mental hea ...Read More

PHOTO: Knowledge is power, and the ACLU of Missouri hopes its new smartphone app will empower Missourians with the information and tools they need to protect their civil rights. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

ST. LOUIS - If you don't know your rights, you won't know if they're being violated. With that adage in mind, the ACLU of Missouri has launched a high-tech campaign to educate and empower Missourians when it comes to proper contact with police and law enforcement. Jeffrey Mittman, executive direct ...Read More

PHOTO: Hearings were held at the statehouse Wednesday on several bills that would radically overhaul Ohio's existing gun laws. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - During the lame-duck legislative session now under way, state lawmakers are considering several bills that would radically revamp gun laws in Ohio. House Bill 203 received a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. Toby Hoover, founder of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, desc ...Read More

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