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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - AZ: Criminal Justice

The Navajo Nation is one of dozens of tribal lands where thousands of cases of missing and murdered Native Americans remain unsolved. (Flickr)<br /><br />

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. -- Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has created a new law enforcement unit to put renewed focus on resolving the cases of Native Americans who are missing or have been killed. Under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Office of Justice Services, the Missing and Murdered Unit will coordin

A new survey shows that since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, the number of young people detained in juvenile-justice facilities has dropped by 24%. (Olena/Adobe Stock)

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- As the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the United States last month, a new survey found the number of young people in secure detention centers fell by 24%. Arizona juvenile-justice officials report the number of detentions in the state also has dropped, but data isn't yet avai

The student-led group March for Our Lives Arizona hosted a town hall meeting with local lawmakers to discuss their agenda to curb gun violence. (guruXOX/AdobeStock)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona politicians got the chance to hear from future voters this week at a town hall meeting on gun violence held by the student group March for Our Lives. The gun-control advocates, made up mostly of high school and college students, formed as part of a national movement

The ACLU of Arizona is challenging a law that requires defendants in some cases to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitors or await their trial date in jail. (wavebreakmedia/Adobe Stock)

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KINGMAN, Ariz. — An Arizona appeals court has ruled a defendant whose trial is pending cannot be forced to either pay hefty fees for GPS monitoring or wait in jail. The ACLU of Arizona challenged before the Arizona Court of Appeals the case of a man who was released while awaiting trial, cou

Some Arizonans who carry a legal medical marijuana card have been arrested on drug charges over their use of processed marijuana products. (Twenty20)

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A technical glitch in Arizona's medical marijuana law is landing some card-carrying cannabis patients in jail. But a proposed new law could address that pitfall. Law enforcement officials in Yavapai County have arrested and convicted at least two people carrying state-issue

The ACLU found more than half of people in Arizona prisons were imprisoned for nonviolent offenses. (bethc/Twenty20)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – Arizona's incarceration rate is among the highest in the country, and a new report from the ACLU says that comes at a huge cost to taxpayers. More than 41,000 people were imprisoned in Arizona last year, and the ACLU reports the per-capita imprisonment rate in the state has

The Vera Institute of Justice reports the number of women in U.S. jails has increased 14-fold since 1970, and a large portion of those women are simply awaiting trial. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

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PHOENIX – Advocates say too many moms in Arizona will spend Mother's Day behind bars simply because they can't afford bail. And human rights groups are using the holiday to call for reform of the state's bail policies. Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) and the American Civil Libert

Legislators in Arizona voted nearly unanimously to allow courts to keep 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system through their 19th birthday. (Joe Gratz/Flickr)

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PHOENIX – A bill awaiting Gov. Doug Ducey's signature would give courts more time to try youth offenders as juveniles. Advocates say this would be an important step to ensure that young people receive age-appropriate treatment in Arizona's criminal justice system. Currently, under Arizona

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