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PNS Daily Newscast - July 13, 2020 


Florida breaks the record for largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases; the Moving Forward Act could help with coastal restoration.

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GOP anti-Trump groups multiply, like Super PAC 43 Alumni for Biden. And lawmakers and career prosecutors criticize Trump for commuting the already shortened sentence of Roger Stone.

Public News Service - ME: Juvenile Justice

More than half of the young people detained at Long Creek, the state's only juvenile-corrections facility, are there simply because they need care and have nowhere else to go, according to a Maine Juvenile Justice Task Force report released in February. (Christopher Poulos/Facebook)

PORTLAND, Maine -- There are 43% fewer young people in detention in Maine since the first of March, in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The drop in the detention rate is much higher than most states, according to a new survey by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. The survey of 30 stat

A bill recommends two to four

AUGUSTA, Maine -- A task force in Maine is recommending that the state's only juvenile-corrections facility be emptied within three years. A group of legislators and juvenile justice experts has spent more than six months analyzing Long Creek, Maine's only juvenile facility. It also hired the Cent

Critics charge that Long Creek, Maine's prison for juveniles, is not organized or staffed to deal with the real needs of those young people. (Richard Ross/AECF)

AUGUSTA, Maine - The task force looking at Maine juvenile justice is finding signs the whole system is upside down. Jill Ward, project manager of the Maine Center for Juvenile Policy & Law at the University of Maine School of Law, is one of the task force co-chairs. She says testimony they've hear

Maine is making major strides in dropping the number of youthful offenders held in detention thanks to a national program that aims to keep kids in school and not in jail. (J. Iwakiri/Twitter).

AUGUSTA, Maine – It's a dramatic drop since 2014; the number of juveniles being committed to detention in Maine is down by 36 percent. Erica King is a justice policy associate with the University of Southern Maine. She says young people who are diverted from detention are more likely to stay

The Long Creek Development Center is among 80 old and large prisons that a new national campaign called Youth First says needs to be closed. (Google Earth)

PORTLAND, Maine - The time has come to close the Long Creek Youth Development Center, according to a new national campaign called Youth First. The campaign identified 80 old and large prisons it says not only are expensive to run but poor choices for handling youth. Long Creek was built in 1853 and

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