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PNS Daily Newscast - May 17, 2019 


West Coast immigrants' rights groups pan President Trump’s new immigration proposal as “elitist.” Also on the Friday rundown: Consumer advocates want stronger energy-efficiency standards. And we'll take you to a state that ranks near the bottom for senior mental health.

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Public News Service - NE: Criminal Justice

More than half of suicides within juvenile facilities occur while the young person is in solitary confinement. (Ryan Melaugh/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska lawmakers hold a public hearing Thursday for a bill that would limit the use of juvenile solitary confinement in facilities holding young people. According to an Inspector General report, last year more than 500 Nebraska youths ages 11 to 18 were held in solitary 2,6

After 36 youths escaped from a detention center in Kearney in 2016, just 17 runaways were reported in 2017. So far in 2018, just four people have left the treatment center without permission. (Pxhere)

KEARNEY, Neb. – Momentum is building to install a $2 million fence around a youth detention center in Kearney, but children's advocates are pushing back. Juliet Summers, policy coordinator with Voices for Children in Nebraska, says the state has made a commitment to give young people every o

Proponents of restorative justice classes say by hearing directly from victims, people who commit crimes can better understand the scale of the harm they have caused. (Bimblebury/Wikimedia Commons)

LINCOLN, Neb. – An outside-the-box approach to criminal justice in Nebraska is helping decrease the chance of formerly incarcerated people returning to prison, and saving taxpayer dollars. The Community Justice Center's restorative justice classes help offenders break down and identify the e

Canvassers are going door to door offering brochures with basic civic information on how to participate in the upcoming midterm elections, set for Nov. 6. (Courtesy Graphic)

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. – With Nebraska's primaries in the rearview mirror, volunteers with the group, Unity in Action, are setting their sights on mobilizing voters for the upcoming November midterm elections. Ismael Valadez, the president of the group, says canvassers are working primarily

Individuals in the U.S. pay about five times more in taxes than corporations. (National Priorities Project)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Whether you owe the IRS or it owes you, Tax Day is an annual reminder of how much money Americans give the federal government each year. A new report shows exactly where that money is being spent. The National Priorities Project crunched the numbers on 2017 federal spending,

An estimated two out of three people in U.S. jails have not been convicted of the charges against them. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska received an "F" for its pretrial justice system in a new report, but there are attempts to improve the process already in the works. The pretrial phase is the period from the accused person's first contact with law enforcement to the resolution of charges through ple

Nebraska prisons hit

LINCOLN, Neb. – A coalition is seeking class-action status for a lawsuit to end overcrowding in Nebraska prisons. At nearly 160 percent of capacity, civil-liberties advocates say the overcrowding has led to constitutional violations that endanger the health, safety and lives of those who are i

Thirty of 49 Nebraska senators are needed to overturn a veto of a voting-rights bill for felons who have completed their sentences. (Nebraska Secretary of State)

LINCOLN, Neb. – About 7,000 people live, work and pay taxes in Nebraska, but aren't eligible to vote in elections. That's because under current law, people with felony convictions must wait two years after completing their sentences before their voting rights are restored. State lawmakers rec

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