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Archive: December 17, 2015

Michigan's animal protection laws are hailed in a new report. (hrikken/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is a top dog for animal protection laws, according to a new report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The annual list examines which of the 50 states are serious about animal welfare. Lora Dunn, an attorney with the organization, says Michigan ranked fifth for ha ...Read More

A parent's criminal record can have long-term negative affects on children, according to a new report. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - With the United States leading the world in incarceration rates, criminal-justice reformers are targeting an unintended consequence of that. A new report this month from the left-leaning Center for American Progress reveals children who have at least one parent with a criminal re ...Read More

NY has agreed to convert solitary cell blocks into rehabilitative spaces. (Thomas/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – New York has agreed to a major overhaul of the rules and conditions of solitary confinement in state prisons. The reforms are detailed in the settlement agreement announced Wednesday in a 2012 class action lawsuit. Extended solitary is recognized as a form of torture, but some i ...Read More

New York's attorney general reaches a settlement deal with dozens of online retailers accused of selling illegal toy guns to consumers in the state. (Cam G/freeimages.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Thirty online retailers will stop selling realistic-looking toy guns to New Yorkers as part of a settlement with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. Officials say the toys violate state law requiring toy guns to be brightly colored or have colored striping. The look-alikes ...Read More

A new report criticizes Wyoming's policy for solitary confinement of juveniles. markrhiggins/iStock

CHEYENNE, Wy. - Wyoming is one of 10 states that allows indefinite solitary confinement for children in the juvenile-justice system, according to a new report from the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest. Researchers with the pro-bono arm of the law firm Lowenstein and Sandler also found Wyo ...Read More

Montana's fish and wildlife got a boost as the Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to be approved as part of the omnibus spending bill in the U.S. Congress. (TPS Dave/Pixabay)

HELENA, Mont. - The Land and Water Conservation Fund is back from the dead, at least temporarily, because Congress included it in the omnibus spending bill that is supposed to get a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today. The 50-year-old program takes millions in royalties paid by oil and ...Read More

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