KY Joins States Protecting Police Under Hate-Crime Laws

Kentucky’s “Blue Lives Matter” law makes it a hate crime to target police officers, a legislative trend sweeping a number of states. At the same time, lawmakers in New York, Connecticut and Illinois are responding to surging reports of hate crimes against racial, religious and ethnic minorities by trying to strengthen laws and policies that target criminal bias.

The ‘Deflection’ Surge: Key to Reducing Re-Arrests

Confronted with people clearly in need of treatment and social services, law enforcement officers need a way to respond, because they know they’ll see them again. A new approach gaining traction across the country offers “a public health approach to better public safety.”

Probe Finds Pre-Trial Detention Crisis in Cook County Jail

More than 1,000 inmates in the Chicago facility have been awaiting trial for more than two years. In extreme cases, inmates have been held without trial for more than eight years. Many simply can’t afford to pay bond, but the system is also crippled by police officers who fail to show up for scheduled court appearances.

Police Are Losing Battle Against Texting While Driving

Distracted-driving fatalities continue to climb, but police say texting while driving is trending upward–even though motorists are well aware of the danger. “It’s everyone, kids, older people — everyone,” says a Massachusetts cop. “When I stop someone, they say, ‘You’re right. I know it’s dangerous, but I heard my phone go off and I had to look at it.'”