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Study by WSU researchers shows no significant link between marijuana legalization and crime rates

Looking at data from 1999 to 2016 reported to the FBI, a team of researchers that includes criminologists at Washington State University found no clear changes to crime rates in Washington and Colorado after those two states decriminalized marijuana in 2012 and opened legal stores two years later. The authors caution that the data has some limitations, but it is the first study of its kind to look at data and try to draw comparisons that lawmakers and public safety officials have been arguing about for years.

Behind the divide on bail reform, frustration over ‘revolving door’

Some activists say cash bail creates a two-tiered justice system in which poor defendants remain locked up before trial, while rich ones can pay to get out. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and others argue it’s a necessary tool for protecting the community and ensuring defendants show up to court.