41 Attorneys General Join to Probe Opioid Makers

Coaltiion of state officials issued subpoenas to major manufacturers “to uncover whether or not there was deception involved, if manufacturers misled doctors and patients about the efficacy and addictive power of these drugs,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

States Providing More Protection for Endangered Kids

Many states have taken steps this year to shield children from abuse and neglect, including adding caseworkers, tightening reporting requirements and expanding the definition of “abuse.” Some states and cities are pouring more money into child protection agencies. In Texas, where the foster care system was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2015, legislators allocated $4 billion this year, up 17 percent, to shore up the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services, including hiring more caseworkers.

Inmate Population Up, CO Seeks to Lease Private Prison

Critics say the state needs to look for options rather than pour money into more prison beds.  They are especially concerned about a plan to put general-population prisoners in Centennial Correctional Facility-South, a prison designed for solitary confinement, whose construction has been called a boondoggle.