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African-American Voters Want Pretrial Change: Report

African-American voters want change at the front door—or pretrial stage—of the criminal justice system, according to a new study by the Pretrial Justice Institute. The study found that 78 percent of African-American voters want to reduce the number of arrests for low-level, nonviolent offenses by issuing citations rather than arresting people.

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Rural Jails and Mental Health: The Hardest Challenge

Jail officials in rural communities frequently cope with staff shortages, overcrowding and budget shortfalls—all of which make it especially difficult to meet the needs of mentally ill inmates. One official in northeast Nebraska says the problem is the worst he can remember in nearly four decades.