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PNS Daily News - December 12, 2019 


A House Committee begins debate on articles of impeachment; Washington state is set to launch a paid family, medical leave program; advocates for refugees say disinformation clouds their case; and a new barrier to abortion in Kentucky.

2020Talks - December 12, 2019 


Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Public News Service - CA: Criminal Justice

A new report says restorative-justice programs for young people work better to reduce repeat offenses and cost considerably less than traditional prosecution, incarceration and probation. (Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition)

OAKLAND, Calif. – When a juvenile is accused of a crime, making them face the victim, take responsibility and make amends works better than prosecution and jail time, according to a new report. The Oakland area adopted a restorative-justice approach 9 years ago, and in just the first two yea

The Thousand Oaks shooting is the deadliest in California since the San Bernardino massacre in 2015. (Rich Legg/iStockphoto)

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Social workers are expressing sorrow, and solidarity with the victims of the shooting massacre in Thousand Oaks. It claimed 13 lives, including a police officer and the gunman, whom officials believe took his own life. The California chapter of the National Associat

Until now, the California State Teachers Retirement System had just over $12 million invested with private prison companies. (Public Domain Pictures/Pixabay)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Teachers' groups are praising a decision by their pension fund to eliminate its stock holdings in private prison companies. The California State Teachers Retirement System announced on Thursday that it will divest completely from investments in private prison companies w

The government plans to build a migrant detention center at GoodFellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, on a former firing range near an uncapped, closed landfill. (Wikimedia Commons)

CONCORD, Calif. – A coalition of health, labor and environmental groups is asking the Trump administration to release specific locations for immigrant detention centers to be built on military bases – sites that may be polluted. President Donald Trump's zero-tolerance policy at the bord

California and other states with strict gun laws are watching a Texas court hearing intently, as the developer of online,

AUSTIN, Texas – The age of the downloadable gun may be upon us, as a Texas federal judge weighs whether to stop the online posting of blueprints to make untraceable firearms. Gun-violence prevention groups asked for an injunction at a last-ditch hearing yesterday. The Trump administration re

Statistics show that children of color are much more likely to be referred for prosecution compared with their white peers. (Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juvenile-justice groups are planning to pack a public hearing today in Sacramento - to support a bill that would ban criminal prosecution of children under 12 unless they're charged with murder or rape. Senate Bill 439 will be considered by the Assembly Public Safety Com

Statistics show that county juvenile facilities in California are only at 40 percent capacity, and that drop in population has coincided with falling crime rates. (L.A. Youth Justice Coalition)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A new report says the current juvenile probation system just doesn't work - and should be revamped to focus on helping kids rather than punishing them and making them comply with complex rules. The study explored ways of effectively modernizing probation for young people

Immigrants rights groups say California is correct to refuse to aid in federal immigration enforcement, saying cooperation would alienate many undocumented residents.(Tobias Muller/Wikimedia Commons)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' new lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary state laws is drawing withering criticism from lawmakers and groups that support immigrant rights. Sessions argues California is violating the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution,

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