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Taxpayers required to pick up tab for educating illegal immigrant students

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Education, Federal government, Immigration, Judiciary, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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“The schoolhouse door is not where to deal with illegal immigration.”

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Task force would seek to remake Florida’s criminal justice system

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Florida’s state lawmakers increasingly are embracing criminal justice reform policies that break with the state’s “tough on crime” past. But a full-scale sea change could be in the works.

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Reform bills live, but funding formula revamp dies in Mississippi Legislature

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice, Crony Capitalism, Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Regulations, State Government, Transportation  /  No Comments

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While some key reform bills are still alive in the Mississippi Legislature, a revamp of the K-12 education funding formula will likely have to wait until next year.

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Juvenile justice reform barely survives its first legislative hearing

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, Legislature, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Florida sends more children to adult prison than any other state. An attempt to change that is underway at the Florida Capitol, but skeptical lawmakers nearly killed the reform at its very first hearing last week. Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, introduced legislation that “responds to the concerns of defense attorneys, parents and child […]

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SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch and ‘over-criminalization’

By   /  February 3, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Federal government, Florida, News  /  No Comments

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Predictably, President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee sparked controversy. But one area of potential bipartisan support is criminal justice reform.

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Reverends, priests and pastors show support for juvenile civil citation reform

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  Criminal Justice, Florida, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Lawmakers vying to make civil citations mandatory for first-time misdemeanor offenders under the age of 18, received some added support at the Florida Capitol last week. Pastors, reverends and priests representing churches from around the state stood alongside Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, as she spoke to reporters about her “second chance” juvenile justice reform bill. […]

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