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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - NY: Criminal Justice

The Nelson Mandela Rules, adopted by the United Nations, define isolated confinement of more than 15 days as torture. (karenfoleyphoto/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Prison reform advocates rallied outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan offices and the executive mansion in Albany Sunday, to demand he sign the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act (HALT Act) into law. Prolonged solitary confinement has long been classified by a

On January 2020, according to an ACLU report, 81% of ICE detainees were being held in privately owned or managed facilities. (Jason/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK -- Immigrant advocates say President Joe Biden's executive order to end the use of private prisons is an important first step, but more needs to be done. The executive order, issued during the first week of Biden's presidency, directs the Department of Justice not to renew its contracts wi

Civil-rights advocates point out that police regularly confront social-justice demonstrations with militarized force. (saksuvan/Adobe Stock)

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NEW YORK - Civil-rights advocates say the police response to a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump was in stark contrast to responses to peaceful civil-rights protests. Pro-Trump rioters easily breached barricades and forced their way into the Capitol buildin

Since his release from prison, Pascal Shakoure Charpentier has started his own business and founded a nonprofit to mentor at-risk youth.  (Photo: Free Shakoure Campaign)

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NEW YORK -- A Queens man held in immigration detention for more than five months is being threatened with deportation but his lawyer said there's a big problem: He's a U.S. citizen. Pascal Shakoure Charpentier was 18 when he was charged with felony murder for being associated with a robbery in whic

A recent <a href=report says solitary confinement in federal and state prisons has increased 500% due to the COVID pandemic. (boscorelli/Adobe Stock)">

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NEW YORK -- As New York moves to reform police practices, human rights advocates say the state needs to end the use of solitary confinement in prisons, too. Solitary confinement lasting more than 15 days is recognized by the United Nations as a form of torture. But in New York, prisoners are sub

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

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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.

Advocates say police violence against peaceful protesters has amplified calls for accountability. (Peter Kim/Adobe Stock)

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York state lawmakers are expected to act on police reform bills this week, including a repeal of a law that shields police officers' disciplinary records from public scrutiny. Civil rights law 50-a has been on the books for 44 years, but the killing of George Floyd in Minneapol

Families and advocates demand testing of all incarcerated people and clemency for those most at risk of COVID-19.  (Walter Hergt/North Star Fund)

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NEW YORK -- Formerly incarcerated people and the families and communities of people now in prison held a vigil outside Fishkill Correctional Facility on Friday to demand the release of those most vulnerable to COVID-19. Congregate living quarters and little or no personal protective equipment make

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