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Raise the Age, But By How Much?

Long-overdue juvenile justice reforms have increased the age at which juveniles can be charged as adults to 17 or 18. But a few states want to increase it to as high as 21– an initiative that one justice researcher argues could be counterproductive.

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The Link Between Opioid Abuse and Sex Trafficking

Few Americans realize that sex trafficking is as close to home as their own communities. As the nation notes “human trafficking awareness” month, a West Virginia advocate explores the special tragedies it inflicts in a state that leads the nation in both poverty and drug addiction.

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Opioids: ‘I’m Tired of Dying Every Day’

Inmates leaving the Harris County jail in Texas will soon be offered monthly Vivitrol injections to help them combat heroin and opioid addiction. The innovative pilot program has sparked some criticism, but defenders say the treatment can help keep addicts out of the justice system.

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Defendants Judge the Courts: More Courtesy, Please

When defendants in New York City were asked in a recent survey to evaluate how they were treated in court, some officials called it “coddling.” But the results suggest that court officers could take a few lessons in fostering respect for the law.

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Whistleblowers, Corporate Fraud, and Congress

The evisceration of the Dodd-Frank Act could make things tougher for employees who report financial misconduct in their firms. The Act’s “whistleblowing” provisions weren’t perfect, but they led in the right direction, writes a financial crimes specialist.

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Pot Wars: Will Fear Trump Voters’ Decisions?

This week, Congress must decide whether to extend the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, which bars the feds from enforcing anti-pot laws in states that have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Extensions have been pro-forma since 2014, but Washington’s new hardline drug policies could be a game-changer.

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Military Surplus for U.S. Cops ‘Saved Lives’ after Hurricane: Houston Chief

The so-called “1033” program providing free surplus defense equipment to police, revived by the Trump administration, has been the subject of fierce controversy. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says it was a lifesaver for residents trapped during Hurricane Harvey, but critics still question the program’s rationale.

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Double Jeopardy, Sanctuary Cities, and the Kate Steinle Case

The feds want to prosecute José Garcia Zarate after he was already acquitted in a California court on a murder charge in the Steinle shooting, to underline their hardline immigration policies. But the Court, which is considering another case involving Fifth Amendment protections against double jeopardy, may have the ultimate say.

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Opioids: Chronic Pain Sufferers Seek a Voice

A Las Vegas TV station takes a hard look at the impact of the opioid epidemic on chronic pain patients in Nevada in a special investigation called “The Other Side of Opioids.”

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