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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - IA: Criminal Justice

Iowa has eight prisons to house male inmates at various security risks and one to house female inmates. (ispr.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa activists will protest outside the Iowa Prison Industries office in Des Moines today in solidarity with the prison strike planned in at least 17 states. The prison strike is planned to run through September 9, the date of the 1971 Attica prison uprising in New York th

Iowans who interfere with oil or natural gas pipelines now face some of the harshest penalties in the nation. (climatemarch.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are still awaiting federal and Iowa Supreme Court rulings in a case over the controversial project, but any new actions against pipelines could land them in prison for 25 years. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the "Sabotage" legislation, Se

African-Americans make up 3.5 percent of Iowa's population, but accounted for 18 percent of people convicted for first time possession of marijuana in 2016. (Derek Goulet/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Supporters of a bill that would reduce the penalties for first time marijuana possession say it would save Iowans money and reduce the disproportionate number of African-Americans in the criminal justice system. Iowa's first offense penalty for even a single marijuana join

Recidivism is down substantially at Iowa correctional facilities where DMACC offers educational and vocational training. (DariuszSankowski/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Getting on the right track can be challenging for people leaving the prison system, and some Iowa programs are giving them a head start before their release. Hollie Coon oversees Des Moines Area Community College's educational programs at Newton Correctional Facility and I

Discrimination may no longer be seen at drinking fountains, but a Des Moines School Board member says it's prevalent in education, health care and the justice system. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump's comments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., are leading some people to see what many minorities have seen all along, according to a cultural competence expert in Iowa. Trump is being criticized for blaming racial violence in Virgi

About 50,000 Iowans are not allowed to cast a ballot due to a felony offense. (Pixabay)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa – Nearly a year after a legal defeat, voting-rights advocates are continuing their fight to end Iowa's lifetime voting ban for felons. In Iowa, along with Kentucky and Florida, people with felony convictions are constitutionally prohibited from voting, but can appeal to the

Talented young writers from across the globe converge this weekend for the Iowa Young Writers' Workshop. (IowaYoungWritersStudio.org)

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Writers from all over the U.S. and the world converge at the University of Iowa this weekend for the annual Iowa Young Writers' Studio. The program has developed an international reputation over more than a decade. Studio director Stephen Lovely says it draws dozens of talented y

Past felony convictions ban some Iowans from voting for life. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court is to hear arguments today in a case that potentially could lift the state's lifetime voting ban for people with felonies. The Iowa Constitution denies voting rights for anyone convicted of an "infamous crime," the definition of which has been debated for q

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