All but four states still allow or require some drug charges against juveniles to be sent to adult criminal courts, reports The Sentencing Project. Only seven states still will routinely charge 17-year-olds as adults when new Louisiana and South Carolina laws go into effect.
The NJ governor said the state corrections department already is limiting prisoner isolation. He called the legislation that would have limited solitary to 15 consecutive days or 20 days over two months an “ill-informed, politically motivated press release.”
A fire in Great Smoky Mountains National Park killed 14, injured 176, destroyed 2,400 homes and business in Gatlinburg, Tn. Prosecutor Jimmy Dunn charged two teens with setting it, but refused to disclose details of the juvenile case.
An unprecedented coalition of competing major law firms will help nonprofit groups challenge state laws that favor the gun lobby and oppose government restrictions on publishing gun violence data. The gun control movement is on the defensive after Donald Trump’s presidential victory, and facing a Republican Congress.
In many cities, police team up to respond to emergency calls and use ballistic vests and helmets more often. Some experts question whether the heightened vigilance risks damaging relations with the communities officers serve.