Two days before the Parkland, Fl., school shooting, the Office of Management and Budget asked Congress to shut down a $50 million federal program funding research on school safety. Criminologists warn ending the program would “detract from efforts to reduce/avoid future school shootings and violence.”
The Food and Drug Administration seems poised to outlaw kratom, an herbal supplement that many consider to be a safer and effective alternative to prescription opioids. An expert on addiction issues says that’s a bad idea, especially when there’s evidence suggesting it can benefit pain sufferers.
The New York Times publishes a long criticism of President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on crime and justice, saying that the two appear “to be stuck in the 1980s, when politicians exploited the public’s fear of rising crime to sell absurdly harsh laws and win themselves re-election.”
Mark Holden, General Counsel of Koch Industries, says the newest version of the long-delayed prison reform and sentencing overhaul bill, passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday, will further President Trump’s campaign pledge of helping America’s “forgotten men and women”—including those behind bars.
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), co-chair of the House Law Enforcement Caucus, says the Trump plan to downgrade the Community Oriented Policing Services Office is an “odd way…to show support for the brave men and women in blue who rely on the office and grants to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
The White House budget proposal to Congress for the next fiscal year includes a large sum aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic and an even-larger amount for border security and immigration enforcement, including the southern border wall.
The president’s apparent defense of two aides—Rob Porter, the staff secretary, and David Sorensen, a speechwriter—runs counter to the White House’s portrayal of its response to the accusations of emotional and physical abuse leveled against them.
Since the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, non-Native Americans can be brought to tribal courts in domestic violence cases. But attorneys still face a minefield of jurisdictional issues, according to a study in the Winter 2018 issue of Criminal Justice.
As White House chief of staff John Kelly tells staffers that “domestic violence is abhorrent and has no place in our society,” the Washington Post reports that he knew for months about charges by two ex-wives of resigned White House staff secretary Rob Porter that he had abused them.