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NYC Justice Corps ‘Won’t Let You Give Up’

A redesigned New York City program aimed at helping at-risk youth learn work ethics and job skills while performing community service in their neighborhoods helped divert hundreds of young people from further involvement in the justice system, says a report released today.

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US Criminal Caseload Dropping: Report

The US Sentencing Commission’s quarterly report shows a decrease in the total number of criminal cases since 2016, despite a slight uptick in the last quarter which appears to be driven by immigration offenses. Immigration and drug crimes made up over 62% of criminal cases in the U.S. between October 2016 and March 2017, with firearms offenses a distant second at 11.8%.

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North American Pot Seizures Down, Adult Use Up: UN

The decline in marijuana seizures between 2010 and 2015 roughly tracks the period when U.S. states began enacting measures to legalize or decriminalize pot, according to the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime. Meanwhile, marijuana use among adults has risen.

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The California Story: Reduced Crime, High Immigration

Crime rates in California have plummeted—especially among youth—over the last 35 years. At the same time, nonwhites have become the majority in the state. The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice says the parallel trends refute arguments that immigration threatens public safety.

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