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Police Body Cams: What’s In, What’s Out

State laws governing the use of recording devices have proliferated over the past year—but legislatures are also setting stricter policies for when the devices must be shut off, and for what happens to the footage, the Urban Institute reports.

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How Bail ‘Criminalizes’ Poverty

New Orleans spends more to administer its bail system than it earns in revenue from bail, fines and fees—with a devastating impact on the city’s poorest residents, most of them African-American, according to a study released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice.

Donaldson Prison, Bessemer Al. Photo by David Krajicek

Nation’s Prison Population Dropped 2 Percent in 2015

The national inmate total fell in 2015–the largest single year drop since the incarcerated population began declining in 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, which also reported the lowest rate of U.S. adults (1 in 37) under correctional supervision since the high-crime era of 1994.