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Charter-school reforms are in the works; and green-card applicants face hurdles with new federal changes. (Broadcaster Note: Our 6-min. newscast now has an optional outcue at 3 minutes, "This is PNS.")

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Public News Service - TN: Criminal Justice

Juvenile detention facilities around the country routinely put youths in solitary confinement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A juvenile detention center in Shelby County has reduced the use of solitary confinement among children in its care, according to a new report from the Center for Children's Law and Policy and other organizations. In 2012, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice

Last April, former Gov. Bill Haslam refused to veto an anti-sanctuary-city measure, House Bill 2315, allowing it to become law without his signature and saying it

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Immigrants' rights advocates say two bills introduced this week by Democrats in the Tennessee Legislature will help restore public trust in law enforcement, public services and schools after last year's passage of anti-sanctuary-city legislation. Current Tennessee law manda

Under the conditions of her high-profile release from prison, Cyntoia Brown will be required to undergo regular counseling, work at least 50 hours of community service and find employment. (Change.org)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In one of his last acts as governor, Bill Haslam has granted the prospect of freedom to Cyntoia Brown, commuting her life sentence for murder with eligibility for parole in early August. Brown, who said she was a victim of child sex trafficking, was sentenced in 2006 to li

Nashville agencies recently attended a Cure Violence 101 Workshop, organized by Gideon's Army. (Gideon's Army)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 20 young people died as a result of violence in Nashville in 2017, and the issue of youth violence is being addressed by a new community group - Gideon's Army. The organization recently held events in the Nashville area to look at ways communities can address the proble

Duran live-streamed his arrest and shared it on Facebook. (Free Press/Facebook)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A journalist in Tennessee faces deportation following his arrest April 3 at a protest of current immigration policy. Manuel Duran, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, originally faced charges of disorderly conduct and disruption of a highway in Memphis. Police droppe

Members of the grassroots group Justice Knox address Knoxville leaders at a recent meeting. (Justice Knox)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - More than 1,000 Knoxville residents are addressing what they see as local issues of injustice, one at a time. Known as "Justice Knox," the group began last year as a project of the Direct Action and Research Training organization (DART). Their mission is to work with local leader

Tennessee communities will be prohibited from offering sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, and the law may actually lead to increased incidences of unreported crime when immigrants are afraid to call police for help. (yummypixels/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee may claim the moniker "Volunteer State," but a bill awaiting Gov. Bill Haslam's signature frames the state as less than welcoming. HB 2315, known as the "Anti-Sanctuary Bill," requires local governments to enforce deportation activities. Opponents say it's the mo

The Joyful Heart Foundation released a PSA this month nationwide, working to raise awareness about the problem of untested rape kits in crime labs across the country. (Joyful Heart Foundation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – At last count, more than 9,000 rape kits sat on shelves in storage across Tennessee, but that number could be even higher. The state Comptroller's Office is recommending that lawmakers ask for an update on the status of processing the kits – at the same time that a n

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