Immigration Agents Given Wider Latitude for Deportations

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.

IL Judges Cut Terms for Most Juvenile Lifers So Far

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.

New Study: Treat Chicago Shootings as Epidemics

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.