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President Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

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 - MD: Juvenile Justice

The national average of state prison populations that are African-American is 32%, according to a new report. (Adobe iStock)

BALTIMORE -- While racial disparities in imprisonment in the U.S. have decreased overall, Maryland's is on the rise, according to a new report. More than 70% of the state's prison population is black, compared with about 30% of the state population. This is the highest percentage of imprisoned A

The LGBT community in Maryland is praising the state's high court, saying it protects parent-child relationships. (Jeremy Womack)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The LGBT community in Maryland is celebrating a decision last week by the state's highest court. It ruled unanimously in favor of recognizing the status of parents who lack a biological or adoptive relationship with their children. The case centered around Michael Conover, a transge

Moms are mobilizing across the country to fight for changes in the juvenile-justice system.  (justicenotjails.org)

BALTIMORE – More than 50,000 moms across the country spent Mother's Day without their child because he or she is locked up in jail or prison. A new report by the Institute for Policy Studies says many mothers have taken the pain of separation and turned it into activism. Former Baltimore r

Maryland saw its number of juveniles in detention facilities go up between 2007-2011, while the nation as a whole saw a big drop. (Virginia Carter)

BALTIMORE - The Youth First Initiative identifies a long list of youth detention facilities, about 80 locations across the country, that it says need to be closed, in a new report. The campaign's President and CEO Liz Ryan says even closing these youth prisons isn't a big enough step. She thinks t

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