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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - OH: Criminal Justice

Overdose deaths due to synthetic opioids skyrocketed in the United States after 2014. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite the public awareness of the opioid epidemic, record numbers of Ohioans are dying from drug overdoses. State data shows unintentional drug overdoses rose nearly 33 percent from 2016 to 2017, claiming the lives of more than 4,000 people. Assistant professor of health p

Ohio has the fourth highest prison population in the United States. (Lisa Pasquinelli Rickey/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio's adult prison population last year fell below 50,000 for the first time in four years, but the correctional system still is bursting at the seams. Currently at 130 percent capacity, Ohio has the fourth highest prison population in the country. Stephen JohnsonGrove, d

In 2015, 15,500 people with mental illness or substance-use disorders were serving time in Ohio's county jails. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Researchers say access to health and social services are vital to help prevent people struggling with mental health challenges or addiction from ending up behind bars. But are those who are incarcerated receiving the services they need to get back on track? A new report rele

More than 30 states have enacted legislation that addresses the sharing of private images. (Pro Juventue/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Senate will soon take up the issue of so-called revenge porn. Sen. Joe Schiavoni, D-Boardman, said he will introduce legislation that will provide a pathway for civil action for those whose nude or sexually explicit photos are posted online without their consent.

In Ohio, 375 human trafficking cases were reported in 2016. (Kiran Foster/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Human trafficking is considered the fastest growing crime, and advocates in Ohio say they are more committed than ever to ending it. Ohio ranks fourth among states for calls made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, with 375 trafficking cases reported in 2016. State

Opponents of an Ohio bill to make wearing a mask at protests illegal say it's a tool against left-leaning activist groups. (michael_swan/Flickr)

By Cameron Gorman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration COLUMBUS, Ohio – Supporters of a new bill introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives want to more broadly criminalize the wearing of masks in public — a move which some see as encroaching on the ri

Data from the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections outlines overcrowding in Ohio jails. (Keiper)

By Andrew Keiper Kent State-Ohio News Connection Across Ohio, opioid addiction and pretrial detention stemming from unaffordable bonds have led to a dangerous jail overcrowding problem, advocates and corrections officials say. An analysis of 83 inspections of county-operated jails found that 34 pe

Research shows community-based alternatives to detention for nonviolent juvenile offenders can result in better outcomes. (Pixabay).

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Putting children who get into trouble on the right path can be challenging, and a newer approach to the problem is seeing great success in Ohio. This week, juvenile justice, child welfare, and public safety leaders are at the inaugural Ohio Juvenile Detention Alternatives In

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