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How a North Carolina County Became a ‘Laboratory’ for Bail Reform

In 2014, North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County defied skeptics by adopting a pretrial risk assessment tool aimed at reducing the number of people in jail awaiting trial because they could not afford money bail. Other states should take note, write two reform advocates.

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cybercrime

World Leaders Asked to Prevent Social Media Use as ‘Weapon of Hate’

A May 15 Paris conference, co-sponsored by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron, will bring together national leaders and tech companies to focus on terrorists’ use of social media. One critic warned of overreaction to tragedies like the recent New Zealand mosque attacks, which were livestreamed by the shooter.

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Drug Rehab Patients Used as Free Labor, Investigation Finds

The Cenikor Foundation has dispatched tens of thousands of patients to work without pay at more than 300 for-profit companies over the years, according to The Advocate newspaper. Some have moved boxes in a sweltering warehouse for Walmart; others built an oil platform for Shell. A former participant described it as the “closest thing to salvery.”

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