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U.S. COVID-19 deaths double in last 4 months as total tops 200,000; poll workers in short supply as Texas registers a record number of voters.


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Mitt Romney supports putting a Supreme Court nominee to a vote. Plus, $20 million raised so far to pay court fees, fines for returning citizens to vote after being incarcerated.

Public News Service - NY: Juvenile Justice

Students rallying at City Hall in New York City call for more guidance counselors and fewer police in public schools. (Photo: Urban Youth Collaborative)

NEW YORK -- Students in New York City are calling for school safety to be taken out of the hands of the police department. They call it the school-to-prison pipeline, zero-tolerance policies that involve police in minor incidents leading to student arrests, juvenile detention and incarceration.

In 2015, almost 300 girls were admitted to long-term juvenile detention in New York State. (gerasimov174/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Getting to zero, that's the goal of a project begun in New York to end the incarceration of girls in the juvenile justice system. The Initiative to End Girl's Incarceration began at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City two years ago. It works at the intersections of race, gen

One study found that low-risk youth put on probation were 50 percent more likely to re-offend. (Jess.xn/Twenty20)

NEW YORK — A new report says reforming probation practices for juveniles could increase their chances for success. In the past 20 years, juvenile justice system reforms have led to far fewer young people being held in juvenile detention centers. But the report from the Annie E. Casey Foundat

Even a short stay in jail can affect employment, housing or child custody. (Michael Fleischhacker/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The first phone call after an arrest can be critical, and now a hotline in New York City is helping make sure it counts. More than a quarter million people are arrested in New York each year, most for nonviolent misdemeanors. But in the age of cellphones, many people don't memorize impor

In 2016, students in New York City public schools experienced 1,263 arrests. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Juvenile-justice advocates say New York City is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on a punitive approach to school discipline that is ineffective and harms students. According to a new report by the Center for Popular Democracy and the Urban Youth Collaborative, last year m

New York has ended the use of solitary for 16- and 17-year-olds in state prisons, and the Onondaga County Justice Center has been ordered to do the same. (Officer Bimblebury/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Center in Syracuse to stop putting 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement. The preliminary injunction issued Wednesday was granted in a lawsuit challenging the practice of punishing juveniles held in the adult jail by keeping the

People ordered to empty their pockets often then are arrested for having marijuana in public view. (houstondwiPhotos mp/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A bill to seal the criminal records of New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession has cleared the state Assembly. Personal possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in New York 40 years ago, but a loophole in the law allowing arrest for possession "in public vi

The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a "statement of interest" in a lawsuit seeking to end the solitary confinement of juveniles in a New York jail. The lawsuit, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York, challenges the ongoing p

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