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‘Bias-Free Policing’ in Ferguson Is Part of Reform Deal With DOJ

‘Bias-Free Policing’ in Ferguson Is Part of Reform Deal With DOJ

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Ferguson Police Department has agreed to overhaul its policies, training and practices as part of a sweeping deal with the Justice Department following the 2014 fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, city and federal officials announced Wednesday. The recommendations, detailed in a 131-page proposed consent decree, are meant to […]

To Fight Child Hunger, Obama Is Asking Congress for $12B

To Fight Child Hunger, Obama Is Asking Congress for $12B

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday. The request will be in the 2017 budget proposal Obama plans to send lawmakers on Feb. 9. Nearly 22 million low-income children receive free […]

Election 2016: Millennial Latino Voters Now Number 12 Million

Election 2016: Millennial Latino Voters Now Number 12 Million

Latino citizens are one of the fastest-growing groups of voters in the country, and millennials, who will represent 44 percent of an estimated 27 million eligible Hispanic voters, are driving much of that growth, a new report from the Pew Research Center found. But, millennial Latino voters are not anywhere near their electoral potential because they […]

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Clarence Lang, professor and chairperson of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas, spoke to students and interested faculty late last year as part of the African and Black Diaspora Studies’ lecture series on Black Lives Matter movement. His talk, about the “long shadow of the ’60s” continued the conversations students had […]

U.S. Task Force: Reduce Number of Inmates by 60,000

U.S. Task Force: Reduce Number of Inmates by 60,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department should limit the types of cases it brings and more nonviolent criminals should be steered toward probation and away from prison, according to task force recommendations designed to cut the federal inmate count and save more than $5 billion.  The recommendations provide concrete steps prosecutors, judges, prison officials and […]

Solitary Confinement for Youth in Federal Prisons to be Banned

Solitary Confinement for Youth in Federal Prisons to be Banned

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Monday he will ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile and low-level offenders in federal prisons, citing the potential for “devastating, lasting psychological consequences” from the use of the isolation as punishment.  “It has been linked to depression, alienation, withdrawal, a reduced ability to interact with others […]

Supreme Court Supports Freedom for Those Convicted as Teens

Supreme Court Supports Freedom for Those Convicted as Teens

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 1,000 prison inmates, some behind bars more than 50 years for murders they committed as teenagers, will get a chance to seek their freedom under a Supreme Court decision announced Monday. The justices voted 6-3 to extend an earlier ruling from 2012 that struck down automatic life terms with no […]

Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted

Activists Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide.  David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on a felony charge of […]

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