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The Idaho Senate Judiciary Committee agreed today to introduce legislation to amend the Idaho Constitution to allow defendants accused of “dangerous crimes” to be held without bail before they go to trial, but senators on the committee had lots of questions about the proposal, which...
From the moment Emily Blumenauer met her court-appointed public defender, she knew something was off. There was the arm scratching, the forgetfulness, the shiny glaze on her eyes that suggested she was “not all there.” Looking back, she said the signs were obvious.
A five-vote supermajority of the Spokane City Council voted Monday night to “ban the box” and potentially impose fines on noncompliant businesses beginning in 2019. The law will take effect next year, but enforcement will follow a one-year probationary period where city officials said they’ll work with private businesses to encourage compliance.
Several speakers were featured Thursday at the Peaceful Communities Roundtable forum. Their subject: criminal justice reform.
The Idaho county encompassing Boise was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population. The grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge will be paid out to Ada County over two years to fund eight new jobs designed to enable the reform, the Idaho Statesman reports...
An Idaho county encompassing Boise was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population.
It’s been a year since Spokane County was awarded a $1.75 million MacArthur Foundation grant to reduce its jail population. And while little has visibly changed since then, Jacqueline van Wormer, the county’s criminal justice administrator, wants people to know reforms are moving forward. In an interview this week, van Wormer responded to criticisms of the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council made during last week’s March for Racial Justice, organized by a coalition of black churches and community groups in Spokane.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he won’t remove Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from office over the death of an inmate who was denied water for seven days.
There are a lot of reasons to celebrate the fact that Washington ended the costly, counterproductive and racist war on marijuana.
A Washington state man wrongly convicted in the 1957 kidnapping and killing of a 7-year-old girl has filed a federal lawsuit in Illinois.
Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean.
Our dominant political culture in this country is sick, and we have ourselves to blame. From Ferguson, Mo., to Dallas, too many of us organize our reactions to news events not by fact or principle, but by antipathy to hated political tribes.
With fewer cases moving through Spokane County District Court, county commissioners say there’s no need to replace retiring Judge Sara Derr.
Being convicted of even some minor crimes can result in a lifetime of collateral consequences, experts say, including trouble finding jobs and housing. At a criminal justice reform conference at Concordia University School of Law this week, a panel of experts said society needs to address...
Here’s my full story from spokesman.com: By Betsy Z. Russell BOISE – Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms that even hit non-violent and first-time offenders. “I...
Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms, even for non-violent and first-time offenders. “I believe that we’re going to see some of the greatest reforms in a generation,” Labrador told a criminal justice reform conference Monday in Boise.
U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill told a criminal justice reform conference at Concordia University School of Law in Boise today, “From my observations of 28 years having watched the ‘War on Drugs,’ we have seen nothing but, I think, an abysmal failure.” He said,...
In denying the permit for Gateway Pacific, the Army Corps determined the project would have had an impact on the tribe's treaty-protected fishing rights.