The White House’s $31.7 billion budget proposal for the Justice Department includes large sums to fight violent crime, counter mass violence and combat the opioid crisis. But it would also cut many programs, including a 20 percent drop in aid to crime victims.
“People are being shot every single day in Baltimore City,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. “This is an urgent crisis, and we have an obligation to do something about it right now.” Democrats criticized Hogan’s proposed solutions and offered a plan of their own.
A leading justice advocacy group has praised President Donald Trump’s comments on justice reform as a “smart strategic choice” and a significant shift from his tough-on-crime rhetoric during the campaign. But during the speech, Trump also took a swipe at “sanctuary cities” which he claimed were protecting undocumented immigrants who were criminals.
Legislation before the Florida House would remove the statute of limitations for reporting on any sexual battery case if the victim is under the age of 18. Some advocates say the bill doesn’t go far enough, and should be extended to all victims.
President Donald Trump has chosen Tony Lowden of Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., as director of the Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry. Trump is expected to discuss the issue on Friday in Charlotte.
President Donald Trump is expected to attend a White House summit Friday organized by his daughter Ivanka on human trafficking, an issue he frequently calls a top priority. Some of the most prominent anti-trafficking organizations and advocates will boycott the event in a protest against Trump’s immigration policies.
The massive anticrime law passed by Congress in 1994 is known as a “tough on crime” measure. Its “safety valve” provisions have allowed for the reductions in many federal drug penalties, a new analysis finds.
According to a new poll, support for New York’s recently passed law has dropped from 55 percent to 37 percent since April. That follows a storm of criticism from legislators, victim rights groups and others who say eliminating cash bail endangers public safety.