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Deflecting Opioid Sufferers From the Justice System ‘Can Save Lives,’ Experts Say

Growing collaboration between community service providers and police has begun to make headway in an epidemic that has made hospital emergency rooms “busier than bar rooms,” a former Massachusetts sheriff told a panel at John Jay College. The innovative “deflection” approach helps addicts avoid becoming entangled with the justice system.

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immigrants

New Jersey AG Assails ‘Harebrained’ Federal Immigration Policies

In a blunt talk to students and faculty at John Jay College, Gurbir Grewal said state attorneys-general have been critical to the struggle against “harebrained” federal efforts to criminalize immigrants over the past two years. But conservative federal court appointments will make things tougher, he warned.

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ohio

Failed Ohio Referendum Spurs ‘New Conversation’ on Drugs

Although Issue 1, a criminal justice reform in Ohio that would have removed felony convictions for drug possession, failed 65 percent to 35 percent in the midterm election Tuesday, the conversation has now shifted, and more legislators are interested in treatment for drug users, rather than mass incarceration, TCR has learned.