Criminal Justice Stories

  • NE AG's opinion could set voting rights restoration back decades About 7,000 Nebraskans with felony convictions who thought they'd be able to register to vote, now face uncertainty. In question is the constitutionality of Legislative Bill 20, a new law scheduled to take effect last week. It restores voting rights without a two year waiting […]
  • Fact-checking GOP claims on immigrants During last week's Republican National Convention, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Americans are not safe due to immigrants committing violent crimes. That's just one claim being challenged by leading immigration experts. …(Read More)
  • 200 people on death row exonerated since 1973 It's being called a historic milestone – 200 people have been exonerated after being sentenced to death since 1973, what's known as the modern era of capital punishment. The exonerees were wrongfully convicted, because of misconduct from government officials or other factors, and then set free after […]
  • MI high court re-evaluates life sentences for young offenders The Michigan Supreme Court is set to reexamine the life without parole sentences of three men who have spent two decades in prison, convicted of murder at ages 18, 19 and 20. The justices will consider several factors, including the age and immaturity of the individuals, […]
  • Advocacy groups want NM's Governor to halt special legislative session New Mexico advocacy groups are calling on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to cancel next week's special session where lawmakers are scheduled to debate public safety legislation. The coalition, which includes progressive-leaning groups that support the governor on many issues, wants community experts consulted […]
  • Missouri committee to crack down on illegal immigrant crimes The Missouri House of Representatives has formed a special committee to look into what the House Speaker refers to as crimes committed by immigrants living illegally in Missouri. The formation of this committee has sparked a debate between those who see it as a necessary step […]
  • NM lawmakers return to Roundhouse to address public safety New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has called lawmakers back to the state Capitol this month for a legislative session about public safety. New Mexico has one of the highest rates of firearm deaths in the country and according to a survey by the website SafeWise.com, […]
  • Kentucky to provide health coverage for people leaving incarceration Kentucky is one of a handful of states recently approved to provide health insurance coverage to soon-to-be released incarcerated individuals. The new rules allow Kentucky to provide Medicaid and CHIP coverage up to 90 days before a person's reentry into society. John Bowman, senior campaign organizer […]