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PHOTO: Santa Fe city leaders hope a new hotline leads to arrests as the city deals with increased drug abuse. Photo courtesy of the California Highway Patrol.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Santa Fe city leaders are counting on a new hotline to encourage people in the community to report suspected drug dealers as authorities deal with increased heroin use. City Councilor Bill Dimas, who lost a daughter to heroin addiction, sponsored the resolution that led to t ...Read More

PHOTO: A report released today that examines educational programs in juvenile justice facilities finds most are doing more harm than good. Idaho may be an exception. Photo courtesy of fbi.gov

BOISE, Idaho – When you have a captive audience, there is great opportunity. A report released today by the Southern Education Foundation on educational programs in juvenile justice facilities across the country finds that most may be doing more harm than good because of the missed opportunit ...Read More

Photo: The North Carolina Supreme Court is considering the cases of four inmates who had their sentences converted to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a waiting game now for supporters and opponents of North Carolina's Racial Justice Act (RJA). On Monday, the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the cases of four defendants who were the only inmates removed from death row under the RJA. The legislation was passed in 2009, ...Read More

Photo: Kenneth Young was sentenced to four life sentences for a series of armed robberies he committed when he was 14, under the direction of an adult. Courtesy: www.15tolifefilm.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today the Florida Senate is scheduled to consider a bill that would bring the state in compliance after two Supreme Court decisions determined the state's juvenile sentencing laws are unconstitutional. It's too little, too late for inmates such as Kenneth Young, who was s ...Read More

PHOTO: The Utah State Courts are advising the public about a jury duty scam. Photo courtesy Utah State Courts.

SALT LAKE CITY – Officials with the Utah State Courts are cautioning the public about a scam that relates to jury duty. Nancy Volmer, public information officer at the Utah State Courts, explains the scam involves the victim being called by someone claiming to be a court employee and telling ...Read More

PHOTO: Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says there was broad bipartisan support for a bill she co-authored, that will make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to require outside investigation of police-involved shootings that result in a death. (Photo from Rep. Taylor's office)

MADISON, Wis. - When there's a death involving the actions of a law-enforcement officer in Wisconsin, the officer's own agency investigates the incident. However, both houses of the state Legislature have just passed a bill that requires outside investigators to run the probes. Rep. Chris Taylor, D ...Read More

ILLUSTRATION: April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevention advocates in New York and nationwide report progress and problems. Photo credit:  FreeDigitalPhotos.net

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - If there's a message, it's: "If you see something, say something." April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and advocates fighting to protect minors say progress is made when people learn to step up and report abuse. Anthony Zenkus, director o ...Read More

PHOTO: Nevada law enforcement is cracking down on motorists who talk or text on their cell phones during "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.

CARSON CITY, Nev. - Law enforcement officers across Nevada are cracking down on drivers using cell phones during April, "Distracted Driving Awareness Month." Trooper Loy Hixson with the Nevada Highway Patrol warned that motorists who text or talk on cell phones are to up four times more likely to be ...Read More

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