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Experts Urge Caution as Courts Reopen Via Video

One study found that defendants whose bail hearings were conducted remotely had much higher bond amounts set by judges. Meanwhile, some federal and state courts are allowing in-person proceedings to resume under COVID-19 guidelines.

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Can ‘Defunded’ Police Handle a Crush of Non-Crime Calls?

Police agencies receive more than 240 million 911 calls a year — many having little do with crime, an online forum heard Thursday. Reducing police budgets without addressing the changing demands on U.S. law enforcement will make it harder to respond to the community problems those calls represent, speakers said.

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Has the Media ‘Helped Create’ Mass Incarceration—or Exposed Its Bias?

A group of academics has criticized the Pulitzer Prize awarded the Louisville Courier-Journal for its examination of pardons issued by departing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, calling it an example of how the media’s portrayal “has helped create our mass incarceration crisis.” The letter displayed a fundamental misunderstanding of the news media’s role, says TCR’s Washington bureau chief.