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PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2019 


The Supreme Court considers U.S. Census citizenship question – we have a pair of reports. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A look at how poor teacher pay and benefits can threaten preschoolers' success. And the Nevada Assembly votes to restore voting rights for people who've served their time in prison.

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Public News Service - MD: Criminal Justice

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

Children who grow up with a parent in prison deal with a variety of issues, including poverty and emotional trauma. (ca.gov)

BALTIMORE - There are 82,000 children in Maryland with either a mom or dad who are, or have been, in jail or prison. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says these kids often are dealing with poverty, homelessness and emotional trauma. The report has recommendations to state and local po

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

American Friends Service Committee has been on the ground in Baltimore and is calling for police to scale back their presence in promote safety. Credit: Dorret/flickr.com.

BALTIMORE - Tensions still are running high because of the Freddie Gray death. Dominique Stevenson, director of the American Friends Service Committee "Friend of a Friend" program, has been in the area since last week, and offered perspective on what happened Monday that led to clashes between poli

PHOTO: Mothers Against Drunk Driving says high visibility law enforcement campaigns are a proven deterrent against drunk driving. The 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign runs through Labor Day Weekend. Photo credit: MADD

BALTIMORE - You might think an organization called "MADD" didn't have much to be glad about, but more police on the streets through this holiday weekend is certainly one thing that has them pleased. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving national president Jan Withers, of Upper Marlboro, high-vi

PHOTO: LGBT activist and blogger Lauren McNamara, who testified in the trial of Bradley Manning, reacts to the verdict against him. Photo credit: www.zinniajones.com

FORT MEADE, Md. - The defense witness who testified that Bradley Manning was a soldier who wanted to save American lives when he went to Iraq says she's relieved he's been acquitted of the most serious charge against him - aiding the enemy. Lauren McNamara, a blogger and activist for lesbian, gay,

PHOTO: The Humane Society of the United States is trying to build support for legislation to make it a crime to attend an animal fight. Photo credit: HSUS

WASHINGTON - No spectators, no fighting. That's the message from animal-welfare groups trying to make it a federal crime, punishable by jail, for being a spectator at an animal fight. Both the U.S. House and Senate versions of the farm bill, under negotiation now, include prohibitions against attend

PHOTO: Michael Perry and Russell Green are former inmates, now they work as mentors with the Friend of a Friend program. Photo Credit: AFSC/Bryan Vana

BALTIMORE – It's about turning lives full of chaos and violence into lives of hope and peace. The American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization, is trying to expand its Friend of a Friend mentorship program into more Maryland prisons, pairing inmates with men who can serve as rol

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