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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2020 


Six Democratic presidential contenders face off in Nevada; and ballot security issues in play.

2020Talks - February 19, 2020 


Tonight's the Las Vegas debate, ahead of this weekend's Nevada caucuses. Some candidates are trying to regain the spotlight and others are trying to keep momentum.

Public News Service - CT: Criminal Justice

Despite so-called ban-the-box legislation, people with a past criminal history still face job discrimination. (Pichsakul/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A majority of Connecticut voters say people who have been convicted of a crime should have a fair chance to get their lives back on track, according to a recent poll. The poll, conducted for the American Civil Liberty Union's Campaign for Smart Justice, found that 70% of Democra

Critics say ICE courthouse arrests make immigrants who either are witnesses or victims of crime reluctant to appear in court. (K. Gardner, U.S. ICE)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Immigrants' rights advocates are praising Connecticut Attorney General William Tong's efforts to stop courthouse immigration arrests in the state. This week, Tong joined a group of 14 state attorneys general filing amicus briefs supporting a Washington state lawsuit against Immig

Reform advocates hope the next chief state’s attorney will support closing Connecticut's supermax prison, the Northern Correctional Institution in Somers. (aquatarkus/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut needs a new chief state's attorney, and criminal justice reform advocates want to know where the candidates for the job stand on issues of mass incarceration and racial justice. With the resignation of Kevin Kane earlier this month, the Criminal Justice Commissi

A study of untested rape kits in Ohio found more than half were connected to serial offenders. (AungMyo/Adobe Stock)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut has enacted reforms that significantly have reduced the state's backlog of untested rape kits and will ensure the prompt processing of kits going forward. Connecticut is one of three states being recognized this month for adopting six reforms recommended for endi

Wayzaro Walton, center, with her wife and daughter, both of whom are U.S. citizens. (Hartford Deportation Defense)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Hartford-area residents are rallying outside an ICE detention center near Boston today to demand the release of a woman detained for a criminal conviction despite having received a full pardon. A United States resident for almost 30 years, Wayzaro Walton was arrested by Immigratio

The arrest rate for Latino students was six times higher at schools with School Resource Officers. (gerasimov174/adobestock)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A new report says the presence of police officers in schools does not appear to enhance safety or improve academic achievement. The report, from Connecticut Voices for Children, compared schools with and without School Resource Officers during the 2015 to 2016 school year.

Criminal-justice advocates say discrimination based on a person's past criminal record extends punishment long after release. (@skywardkick/Twenty20)

HARTFORD, Conn. - State legislators held a hearing Tuesday on a bill that would expand Connecticut's civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination based on a person's criminal history. The General Assembly's Labor and Public Employees Committee heard testimony on House Bill 6921. The first bill of i

In 2018, Connecticut reported the lowest crime rate in 50 years. (ErikaWittlieb/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Bills to end discrimination against people who've been arrested and to promote transparency in prosecutors' offices are top priorities for criminal justice reform advocates in Connecticut this year. With a new governor and 41 new state lawmakers, the advocacy groups outlined

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