Since the Parkland FL school shooting, nearly 800 threats have been recorded against schools around the US. The spike in threats has underlined a growing debate about whether designated officers–some of whom may be armed–can improve school safety.
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.”
State Sen. Mia Costello, a sponsor of a reform law to to revamp sentencing and other criminal justice policies, said it signaled to criminals that they could get away with a lot more mischief than before. Crime has been rising in the state despite the reform law. Will other states reconsider reforms?
Three big-city prosecutors who have formed special units to review—and correct—errors made by their offices say a “cultural shift” is necessary to persuade politicians, police and their own attorneys that it is more important to avoid mistakes than to simply win convictions.
Prosecutors have too often left it up to juries to sift through evidence of cases against individuals whom they decided were guilty of their crimes without a thorough investigation, Brooklyn (NY) DA Eric Gonzalez tells TCR. He adds his office is making sure that never happens again.
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.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) hit back hard at Attorney General Jeff Sessions after his former colleague launched a pre-emptive strike on his criminal justice bill. The legislation, which Grassley has worked on for more than two years, is expected to win committee approval Thursday. It faces a tough climb to the Senate floor amid reluctance from GOP leaders and conservative resistance.