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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

Juvenile Justice

The now scrapped House Bill 1708 passed out of the House Rules Committee on Jan. 29. The National Rifle Association describes the bill as
Missouri Dems attempt new legislation following parade shooting

Missouri Democrats have filed legislation which would prompt a vote to return gun possession rules to local governments. The move was prompted by a …

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In a 2024 report, the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce Foundation pointed to the importance of legal immigrants for improving Nebraska's ongoing workforce shortage. (Moab Republic/Adobe Stock)
ACLU: Due process rights violated in Omaha immigration courts

Immigrants whose cases are heard in Omaha's Immigration Court are often denied their due process rights, according to a report from the ACLU of …

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The group Everytown For Gun Safety ranks Missouri as the seventh-highest state for all gun-related deaths. (JJ Gouin/Adobe Stock)
Deadly shooting after Chiefs' victory parade renews calls for reform

Wednesday's Kansas City Chiefs' victory parade turned fatal, prompting gun-law activists to call for reform. One person died and three people are in …

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Eight objectives in a report by European juvenile-justice groups include encouraging the adoption of age-appropriate alternatives to isolation and preventing tensions between peers and detention center staff. (Adobe Stock)
A push to end solitary confinement in IL for young offenders

There is growing concern over what happens to young offenders in Illinois as they await their first court hearing. A report by European juvenile-…

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The idea of vital documents being made ready in time for a person's re-entry to society began as a pilot program launched in September 2020 across four state prisons and has expanded across the entire Michigan Department of Corrections. (wolfhound911/Adobe Stock)
Vital document release to prevent Michigan recidivism

Most legally free Michiganders possess their vital records, but some people recently coming back to society after incarceration do not. A package of …

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The Education Data Initiative predicts the average yearly cost of law school tuition between 2024 and 2025 will be nearly $52,000. (Adobe Stock)
A lack of attorneys creates 'legal deserts' in rural IL counties

Labor shortages exist across the country in the medical and teaching professions but not as much is said about the lack of attorneys in some states…

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According to the Prison Policy Initiative, North Carolina has an incarceration rate of 617 per 100,000 people in prisons, jails, immigration detention and juvenile justice facilities. (Jessica Leigh/Adobe Stock)
Report has remedies for racial disparities in NC criminal-justice system

Sixty percent of those incarcerated in North Carolina are people of color, one of the highest rates in the country. A new report from The Sentencing …

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According to the Prison Policy Initiative, Alabama has an incarceration rate of 938 per 100,000 people in prisons, jails, immigration detention, and juvenile justice facilities.(Tracy King/Adobe Stock)
Report addresses disparities in imprisonment, explores paths to reform in AL

More than 50% of those incarcerated in Alabama are people of color. A new report from The Sentencing Project highlights some of the disparities that …

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Georgia has an incarceration rate of 968 per 100,000 people in prisons, jails, immigration detention  and juvenile justice facilities. (Adobe Stock)
Can GA overcome racial disparities in its criminal-justice system?

About 60% of those incarcerated in Georgia are people of color. A new report from The Sentencing Project highlights some of the disparities that …

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Research by The Sentencing Project shows the 2021 Black/White Youth Placement rates per 100,000 young people was 278 for Black youth and 93 for white youth. (Adobe Stock)
Juvenile detention rates show big racial disparities in IN, US

Youth incarceration rates have declined in Indiana and nationwide since 2014. But a new study shows young people of color are more likely to be …

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Youth.gov defines the primary goals of the juvenile justice system as:
ACLU: Excessive youth 'room confinement' non-rehabilitative, violates NE law

A 2020 Nebraska law restricted the use of solitary confinement, also known as "juvenile room confinement," for Nebraska youths in detention. But a …

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Nationally, Black youths are almost five times as likely as their white peers to be held in juvenile facilities, an equivalent ratio to 10 years ago. (Adobe Stock)
Despite drop in youth incarceration, racial disparities continue in AZ, nation

New data released by The Sentencing Project found youths of color continue to face disproportionate incarceration rates compared with their white peer…

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