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PNS Daily Newscast - June 3, 2020 


Episcopal bishops call out Trump's appearance in front of St. John's Episcopal Church in DC; and a civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Dept.

2020Talks - June 3, 2020 


Eight states plus Washington DC had primaries yesterday, in the midst of both the new coronavirus pandemic and clashes between law enforcement and protestors.

Public News Service - ND: Criminal Justice

The North Dakota Supreme Court soon could consider a rule change that would require state courts to collect racial data of criminal defendants. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The state court system in North Dakota has never had a requirement to collect racial data of court defendants. But a proposal with the state Supreme Court could change that. A committee assigned to examine the idea has been gathering feedback to see if state courts should record

ODARA consists of 13 questions police ask a domestic violence victim to assess the risk that their abuser might re-offend. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

MINOT, N.D. – Law enforcement in a North Dakota county is testing out a tool that measures a domestic violence offender's likelihood of assaulting again. The Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment, or ODARA, is an evidence-based questionnaire from Canadian police and health officials. Resea

With the proper supports, reformers believe people in prison could be released from prison sooner  and be safer in the community. (kwanchaift/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota could cut its prison population by 1,000 and save $125 million by 2025 with some key reforms, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of North Dakota. The group has developed a Blueprint for Smart Justice in the state and proposes major

Opponents of North Dakota's civil forfeiture laws say police have a

BISMARCK, N.D. — Supporters of a bill to strengthen North Dakota's civil-forfeiture laws are dismayed by changes made to the measure. Currently, law enforcement can seize money or other valuables they believe are associated with a crime before a person is convicted. House Bill 1286 would hav

Colorado and eight other states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. (Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Backers of a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use in North Dakota say it could be a major step for criminal justice reform. The state attorney general has until August 13 to verify signatures and determine if the initiative qualifies for the ballot. Petitioners tur

More than 80 percent of Native American women report experiencing violence, according to the National Crime Information Database. (Lindsey G/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend, the country will recognize the violence Native American women face. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven – R, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp – D, led an effort in Congress to mark Saturday as the first National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous W

Introducing Savanna's Act, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, is raising awareness about violence against Native American women. (Jay Mallin/Housing Assistance Council)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The murder of a Native American woman in North Dakota has inspired lawmakers in Congress to introduce a bill aimed at protecting Native women. The bill from North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is known as Savanna's Act for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, the pregnant 22-year-old Fargo

Youth First Initiative released a new poll showing about 77 percent of Americans favor changing the focus of the juvenile justice system from incarceration to rehabilitation.  (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - A juvenile justice reform group wants 80 of the country's oldest and largest youth prisons closed down, including one in North Dakota. The North Dakota Youth Correctional Center in Mandan is home to more than 100 young offenders. But the Youth First Initiative says such facilit

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