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A New Way to Forecast State Prison Populations

The Urban Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union have developed companion tools aimed at helping states understand the factors that drive their prison populations, and fashion policies that can reduce them without affecting public safety. The ACLU says its tool can help produce “transformational change” in the nation’s prison system.

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Why Can’t We Rein in Police Misconduct? Blame Prohibition

America’s crusade against alcohol ended over seven decades ago with the 21st Amendment. But Supreme Court decisions aimed at curbing police misbehavior during Prohibition—by excluding evidence obtained unlawfully—have complicated efforts to hold law enforcement accountable for its actions today, according to a new book by a Pennsylvania law professor.

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Elder Abuse: When Victims Balk, Should Prosecutors Press Charges?

Elders are often reluctant to press charges for abuse because they don’t want to lose the support of caregivers—even if those caregivers were responsible for the abuse—but prosecutors should try to persuade them otherwise, say some advocates. “A good prosecutor will do everything they can to try and persuade the victim to go forward with the case,” says Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

GOP Uses Crime, Immigration Issues Against Dems

President Trump and congressional Republicans, eager to find an issue that can help minimize losses in the midterm elections, are citing crime, illegal immigration and public safety to paint a bleak picture of how the U.S. would become less safe under a Democratic-controlled Congress. “Democrats do not want to have an election on these things,” said pollster Pat Caddell.