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PNS Daily News - December 10, 2019 


Probe finds FBI not biased against Trump; yes, commuting is stressful; church uses nativity scene for statement on treatment of migrants; report says NY could add cost of carbon to electricity prices with little consumer impact; and a way to add mental health services for rural areas.

2020Talks - December 10, 2019 


Today's human rights day, and candidates this cycle talk a lot about what constitutes a human right. Some say gun violence and access to reproductive health care and abortions are human rights issues.

Public News Service - ND: Criminal Justice

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

People who get caught paying for sex in North Dakota could soon end up in john school. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and there's a move in North Dakota to curb one major cause of the problem. The state's new so-called "john school" law went into effect on January 1. Democratic state Sen. Mac Schneider (D-Grand Forks) sponsored the bipartisa

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