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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 - IL: Criminal Justice

Current federal law bars people convicted of a felony from having a firearm. (satellitov/Pixabay)

By Lynne Peeples/Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Reporting for the FairWarning-Illinois News Connection Collaboration SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A conviction for domestic violence in the U.S. strips a person of the legal right to possess a gun. It doesn’t matter if the conviction is a mis

Cook County has reduced juvenile detention admissions about 15 percent. (Cirt/Wikimedia)

CHICAGO – Hundreds of young children are held in juvenile detention facilities each year in Illinois. And the county responsible for many of those admissions is changing its ways. On Wednesday, Cook County approved an ordinance that sets the minimum age of detention at 13. County Commiss

One potential change to Chicago Police protocol is to avoid making arrests for minor offenses. (Pixabay)

CHICAGO – The public comment period for a consent decree to govern how Chicago Police officers use force and are held accountable ends today. Backers of police reform – including the ACLU and Black Lives Matter – are in a tug-of-war with the Illinois attorney general's office and

Correctional facilities assign incarcerated people to work as close to a regular day as possible, according to the Prison Policy Initiative. (Rennett Stowe/Wikimedia Commons)

CHICAGO – It's been more than a month since legislation that would eliminate co-pays for doctor visits to prison inmates went to Gov. Bruce Rauner's desk for approval. Prison-reform advocates are calling for the governor to sign House Bill 5104 to get rid of the $5 fee inmates have to pay to g

Advocates say the juvenile court system offers more rehabilitative resources than the adult system. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Some advocates and policymakers are hopeful Illinois will become part of a wave of national juvenile justice reform. Vermont recently passed a law expanding juvenile jurisdiction to include youths up to age 20, and Massachusetts lawmakers are studying a similar measure as

Illinois is now one of 13 states with a “red flag” law on the books, which allows firearms to be temporarily confiscated when a judge determines people are dangerous to themselves or others. (Carrie Martinez/Twenty20)

CHICAGO – Gov. Bruce Rauner's latest announcement of his plans to veto a gun-dealer certification bill is causing some to accuse him of siding with the gun industry. In the wake of several mass shootings, lawmakers sent Rauner the Gun Dealer Licensing Act in March to help crack down on illeg

Winnebago County has launched an alert system to give domestic-violence victims prompt notice when an order of protection has been served, which could mean added protection from their abusers. (Pixabay)

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Winnebago County has launched a new automated system designed to alert domestic-violence victims when an order of protection they filed has been issued. The Winnebago County Sheriff's office said it serves more than 6,500 protection orders and related documents per year, but people

A bill that aims to reduce carjacking would put the burden on juvenile justice advocates to prove their clients should be freed until their cases are resolved. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Claiming not to know that a car is stolen would no longer be a major factor in prosecuting suspected carjackers under a bill pending in Springfield. But its critics say the protection is crucial for many unknowing teens and passengers caught up in a bad situation. Support

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