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Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MD: Criminal 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

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

Advocates for the LGBT community say they hope the nation's next president will make as many strides for equal and fair treatment as President Obama has. (whitehouse.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- With just over three weeks to go before the November 8 election, advocates backing a variety of issues are urging people to get out and vote. One issue that hasn't gotten much coverage in the presidential campaign, according to Isaiah Wilson external affairs manager with the Nati

With school soon back in session, teachers are being called upon to help spot human-trafficking victims. (ca.gov)

BALTIMORE — Indictments this week in a human-trafficking ring in Prince George's County bring to light the on-going issue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. While there is more awareness about sexual assault and human trafficking, there is still not enough progress when it comes t

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