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    PNS Daily News - February 9, 20160 


    Our news today zeros-in on issues from around the nation including: It’s New Hampshire’s turn to select presidential candidates but not all voters are fully decided; some West Virginians sympathizing with the water woes of Flint, Michigan; and a go-to indicator may be mis-categorizing millions of Americans as unhealthy.

Criminal Justice

A report finds the Ohio Department of Education needs to review the use of restraint and seclusion. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A new report says better enforcement is needed on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. The recommendations in the research from Disability Rights Ohio highlight data in a 2015 report which found wide gaps in enforcement of a rule restricting the use of the practices. Kr ...Read More

Backers of a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Maine say they have 60,000 more than the required signatures and look forward to being on the November ballot when lots of young Mainers should be headed to the polls. (RegulateMaine.org)

AUGUSTA, Maine – The nation will be watching New England on Tuesday to see how the presidential candidates fare in the New Hampshire primary, and backers of a Maine ballot proposal hope to ride a wave of young voter turnout in November. David Boyer, manager of the Campaign to Regulate Mariju ...Read More

A new report suggests that the nation has a two-tiered justice system  one for the rich and powerful, and one for everyone else. (Boardhead/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A new report called "Rigged Justice" by the office of U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren maintains the nation has a two-tiered justice system – one for the rich and powerful, and one for everyone else. The study highlights 20 cases last year where the government caught big ...Read More

As Illinois continues talks on criminal justice reforms, a new poll shows state voters, regardless of political party, are ready for change now. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As Illinois considers long-term changes to the state's criminal justice system, a civil rights watchdog says the majority of voters want reforms now. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois has released the results of a statewide poll taken before the holidays. It shows ...Read More

Police should be called to Peck School in Holyoke less often as the result of a settlement with the school district that also calls for reducing the use of restraints on students with disabilities. (Jeff Joniec)

HOLYOKE, Mass. - It is an agreement that should mean fewer students ending up in restraints and fewer cops being called to respond to discipline issues at Peck School in Holyoke. Stanley Eichner is litigation director for the Disability Law Center, which launched an investigation into discipline ...Read More

Nationally, 149 prisoners were exonerated in 2015. (Bubby1124/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – A record number of criminal convictions were overturned last year both nationally and here in New York. Of the 149 people exonerated across the country in 2015, 17 were in New York prisons, second only to Texas where 54 were found to be falsely convicted. That may not seem like ...Read More

Indiana has close to 6,000 people in prison who are considered to have serious mental illnesses. (sakhorn38/iStockphoto)

INDIANAPOLIS - Except in a few, exceptional circumstances, people with mental illnesses in Indiana prisons will no longer be placed in solitary confinement. The ACLU sued the state in 2008 on behalf of three prisoners it said had little or no access to treatment in "solitary." In 2012, a federal ju ...Read More

More than one-third of Indiana's counties are now participating in the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which gives judges more choice in sentencing young people. (Cynthia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David calls the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative the "greatest reform" he's ever seen and now, one-third of Indiana's counties are participating. The Annie E. Casey Foundation model is based on the assumption that sometimes, a young per ...Read More

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