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PNS Daily News - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Chuck Schumer calls for four specific witnesses in Senate impeachment trial; giving Iowans with disabilities a voice in caucuses; and an expert says Seasonal Affective Disorder is a lot more than just the holiday blues.

2020Talks - December 16, 2019 


Sen. Cory Booker led the charge asking the DNC to ease up debate qualification requirements. All seven candidates who made the cut for Thursday's debate say they won't participate in the debate at Loyola Marymount in LA if it means crossing the picket line of Unite Here Local 11.

Public News Service - NY: Juvenile Justice

New York is one of only two states to charge 16-year-olds as adults. (Michael Coghlan/flickr.com)

NEW YORK — Across the country, young people are being imprisoned because their families are unable to pay fines or court fees, according to a new report. The report, "Debtor's Prison for Kids," by the Juvenile Law Center, said the practice can pull young people deeper into the juvenile-justi

Some students are issued a court summons for minor misbehavior.  (Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK -- The latest New York Police Department data shows New York City Schools are safer than ever, but black and Latino students are still disproportionately subject to police actions. School crime hit a record low in the second quarter of 2016, and fewer students were arrested overall. But Da

Rikers Island, where many of the 16- and 17-year-olds arrested in New York City wait for trial. (USGS/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – When 16 and 17-year-olds are arrested in New York state, they are automatically charged as adults, but advocates say there are steps city and state agencies can take to protect them. Despite a growing consensus that young brains still are developing past 20-years-of-age, New York

Nationwide more than 50,000 children are incarcerated. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Community advocates are in Albany today asking state legislators to reform the juvenile justice system. New York is one of only two states that automatically prosecutes 16 and 17 year olds as adults. But Jeannette Bocanegra, director of family engagement at Community Connections for You

An estimated 20 percent of young people in juvenile detention are LGBT. (Eugene Peretz/Flickr)

NEW YORK - The criminal justice system is failing LGBT Americans, according to a report released today. Less than four percent of the population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. But the report, from the Movement Advancement Project, found twice that percentage among adults in j

As many as 10,000 New Yorkers may be eligible for pardons immediately. (houstondwiPhotos mp/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give New Yorkers who made mistakes as teenagers but got their lives back on track a big boost in their efforts to succeed - in the form of pardons. A criminal conviction can make finding a job or getting an education or an apartment extremely difficult. Cuo

About 800 New Yorkers turned out at the site where Eric Garner was killed in police custody to call attention to the need for better police accountability. Courtesy: Make the Road NY

NEW YORK - About 800 New Yorkers used the long weekend to call attention to pending measures intended to increase police accountability. Adilka Pimentel, organizer with Make the Road New York, says her group has been pushing for measures such as the Right to Know Act for several years now. She s

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