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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - CT: Criminal Justice

DNA from sexual-assault evidence kits can link to suspects in the DNA database. (James Tourtellotte/CBP [Public domain])

HARTFORD, Conn. – Legislation to improve the tracking of sexual-assault evidence kits is on its way to Gov. Danell Malloy's desk. After a 2015 survey found almost 1,200 untested kits at law enforcement agencies across Connecticut, the governor established a working group to coordinate their

One of four people surveyed had received fraudulent calls claiming to be from the IRS. (sabinevanerp/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – During tax season, phone calls from criminals posing as IRS agents are on the rise – but help is available to avoid falling victim to these scams. A poll conducted by AARP found that one out of four respondents had received a fraudulent call from someone pretending to

SB 13 would ensure incarcerated women’s access to support before, during and after childbirth. (TryJimmy/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – After a woman gave birth in her Connecticut prison cell, civil rights advocates want legislation to ensure respect for incarcerated women's health, dignity and human rights. The delivery happened last month without medical assistance in the York Correctional Institution in

Other New England states are ahead of Connecticut in restoring voting rights to people in the criminal justice system. (landrachuk/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A bill to restore the vote to thousands of Connecticut residents is getting a hearing Thursday in the General Assembly. The Government Administration and Elections Committee is hearing testimony on HB 5418. If passed the bill would give some 4,000 people who are in custody

Advocates for people in prison say the quality of health care in Connecticut prisons is a long-standing issue. (Andrea Sears)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Prisoners’ rights advocates are calling for new legislation to protect inmates’ health, safety and human rights, after a woman gave birth in a Connecticut prison cell. Officials at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic have launched an investigation into

Troopers allegedly discussed making up charges as a camera recorded their voices. (Hans/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut State Police are refusing media requests for copies of documents from internal investigations of a trooper and two sergeants accused of fabricating charges. The investigation centered on the 2015 arrest of an East Hartford man who was recording the encounter on his c

Nationally, African American children are six times more likely to have a parent in jail than are white children. (Amanda Mills/pixnio.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Mass incarceration of African Americans has contributed significantly to the racial achievement gap in the nation's schools, according to a recent report. The so-called war on drugs vastly expanded the U.S. prison population. But while African Americans are no more likely to sel

Mental health experts say prolonged isolation can worsen and even cause mental illness. (jmiller291/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers and advocates for people in prison on Tuesday are bringing a replica of a solitary confinement cell to the State Capitol as they call for reform legislation. Their point is that solitary confinement can worsen or even cause mental illness, and that prolonged isola

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