The Clean Slate Act, introduced this week by Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA), would automatically seal the record of someone who has been convicted of simple possession of marijuana. It would allow people to petition U.S. courts to seal records for other nonviolent crimes.
In a free-wheeling appearance to an overflow crowd of students in New York, one of the rising stars of the progressive Democrats said radical changes in prison and juvenile justice policies were essential to rebuilding the country’s political agenda.
President Donald Trump’s fear that leaks and press speculation were “undermining” his presidency did not prevent him from cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russians, Attorney General William Barr told a press conference Thursday.
The Hampton Roads Regional Jail in historic coastal Virginia has been struggling with inmate deaths, staff shortages, and funding issues for more than a decade. But getting help from local and state politicians has been an uphill battle.
A Princeton University researcher confirms what many advocates of preventative policing have argued: the visible presence of more cops on the streets, rather than the number of arrests they make, can reduce crime.
The resignation of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Sunday may be just the beginning of a wider shakeup of White House immigration policy, pushed by Stephen Miller, a hardline advocate of tougher border policies.
As Democrats pursue their White House campaigns, none has made specific pitches on transforming the criminal justice system. The Rev. Al Sharpton, hosting presidential hopefuls this week at his National Action Network conference, is trying to change that.
With the number of states allowing pot for non-medical reasons increasing, there are likely to be more marijuana-impaired drivers on the nation’s roads—and therefore more crashes, says a study by the Insurance Information Institute.
New York state lawmakers are working through disagreements over how to reduce or eliminate the use of money bail as part of a broad overhaul of New York’s criminal-justice system they hope to finalize this week.