The city’s overdose death total increased 65 percent in the first nine months of last year. “It’s a public health emergency,” says Susan Sherman of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Critics opposed the idea as akin to allowing legal drug dealing.
Department of Homeland Security memos give a blueprint for implementing President Trump’s executive orders on immigration. They say any deportable immigrants who have “abused” public benefits, misrepresented themselves, or “in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security” may be at risk.
Judges have reduced sentences for most of the 16 Illinois inmates who got new hearings under the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found mandatory life without parole sentences for youth unconstitutional. The three states with the largest juvenile life without parole populations — more than 1,000 inmates in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana — are still in the early stages of new hearings.
Chris Hurst runs for the Virginia legislature as a Democrat after his girlfriend, reporter Alison Parker, was killed in a live television spot. Hurt decided to leave journalism after covering another fatal workplace shooting.
Murder rates in four big cities have returned to levels not seen since the 1990s.. The Wall Street Journal calls it an alarming surge that police officials are struggling to slow as crime nationally remains at near-historic lows,
Many of Chicago’s 4,368 shootings last year follow a tit-for-tat pattern of vendetta between people who know each other. What if there was a way to anticipate that and break the chain? A new study says it’s possible to do that, reports CityLab. Researchers Ben Green and Thibaut Horel at Harvard and Andrew Papachristos at Yale used a “social contagion” model and tried to predict gunshot victimization in Chicago between 2006 and 2014. Using police records of people arrested together for the same offense, they mapped a network of 138,163 subjects and looked at the spread of violence within it.
New study led by Alex Piquero of the University of Texas at Dallas finds that institutions can expose juveniles to conditions that may actually help to increase their illegal behavior when they are released.