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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 - MD: Criminal Justice

Howard County Coalition for Immigrant Justice is calling on Maryland officials to stop what they see as excessive practices by ICE. (Casa de Maryland)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Outrage over Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices in Maryland has spurred immigrant rights groups to host a rally this coming Sunday in Howard County calling for state officials to cut ties with the federal agency. The protest will feature immigrants' personal stories ab

Gov. Larry Hogan's State of the State speech asked lawmakers to help reduce violent crime in Baltimore. (governer.maryland.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Addressing violent crime in Baltimore is the most important challenge facing Maryland today, according to Gov. Larry Hogan. In his sixth State of the State address Wednesday, the Republican leader called on lawmakers to pass tough-on-crime bills to deal with shootings and murders

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

Maryland expects to reduce its backlog of 6,500 untested rape kits within five years. (Ellsworth Air Force Base)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Millions of dollars are set to help police departments in Maryland process thousands of rape kits that have sat untested in storage, and to help keep pace with new cases. The funding is part of a new state law that goes into effect Jan. 1, requiring police to submit most rap

Marylandís new panel to examine the state's history of racially motivated lynchings will hold public hearings throughout the state over the next three years. (Adobe Stock)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland this week launched a commission to examine the state's history of racially motivated lynchings. It's the first state in the nation to officially acknowledge this form of racial violence. The Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission held an organizatio

Amnesty Internationalís new report on compensating gunshot victims says gun violence in the U.S. is a human rights crisis, and that survivors and families need effective reparations. (Adobe Stock)

BALTIMORE – Survivors of firearm violence in Maryland, and their families, aren't getting the support they need to cope with their recovery and trauma, according to a new report. Amnesty International says a combination of too much paperwork and not enough outreach keeps people from accessin

A landmark court case, Unger v. Maryland, is being used to offer lessons for national and state policymakers in tackling mass incarceration and the aging prison population. (Justice Policy Institute)<br />

BALTIMORE – A new study shows that when older people are released from prison, they aren't the only ones who benefit – Maryland taxpayers also stand to gain, in terms of savings. In 2012, a Maryland Supreme Court decision prompted the release of 188 inmates because of contradictory inst

Maryland Department of Corrections officials plan to step up screening of books coming into the system. (Pixabay)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – After inmate advocates objected to new restrictions, Maryland prison officials are allowing inmates to continue receiving book shipments from online retailers and directly from relatives. Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Stephen T. Moyer recently reversed th

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