While President Trump has focused attention on his proposed border wall, the number of undocumented residents from Mexico decreased by nearly 400,000 from 2016 to 2017, reports the Center for Migration Studies. From 2010 to 2017, the undocumented population from Mexico fell by what the center calls a remarkable 1.3 million.
Restoring access to Pell Grants for post-secondary education in prison would also increase employment rates among formerly incarcerated people across the United States by nearly 10 percent, according to a study by the Vera Institute of Justice and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality.
During his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday, A-G nominee William Barr indicated he would return to the Obama-era policy of not enforcing federal law prohibiting the possession and sale of marijuana in states that had legalized it. Meanwhile, Massachussetts pot entrepreneurs are rising to the challenge of finding catchy but legally acceptable names for their product.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is proposing a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to convicted felons, citing “the beauty of grace” and second chances. If approved, the proposal would overturn a ban on felon voting imposed by former Gov. Terry Branstad.
Blaine Milam, who was convicted of killing a 13-month-old girl in a brutally botched exorcism, was granted a last-minute stay Monday over concerns about the bite mark evidence used to convict him and the possibility he might be too intellectually disabled to execute. It would have been Texas’ first execution of 2019.
William Barr, who was known as a hard-liner on crime during his previous stint as Attorney General in the President George H. W. Bush administration, said he had “no problem with reforming the sentencing structure” as outlined in the First Step Act, which was passed by Congress and signed by Trump in late December.