By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Exactly what Sioux City’s automated traffic cameras have done to improve public safety is debatable, but the more than $1 million they’ve raised to fatten police and firefighter pensions isn’t.
Now new regulations from the Iowa Department of Transportation curbing use of the cameras on state highways [...]
By Tom Steward | Watchdog Minnesota Bureau
SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Cops and badges, guns and bullets, prisons and secure fences. In law enforcement, some things just go together.
Except at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, a prison without any security fence or outside wall to contain 650 female inmates, including many with violent backgrounds.
The only prison in [...]
By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE, N.M. — State lawmakers— Republicans and Democrats alike — on a special subcommittee are eyeing reforms to the criminal justice system that could lead to millions in taxpayer savings.
But the reforms won’t come anytime before 2015.
“We should really concentrate on violent offenders, and that’s where our prison space [...]
By: Jon Street
BURLINGTON, Vt. — It’s against state law to try to regulate guns in the Green Mountain State, but city officials here are looking at what may be a loophole.
Burlington wants to be able to confiscate and secure weapons for up to five days following a domestic dispute, and enact other restrictions.
City Councilman Norm Blais told [...]
Supporters tout it as a model program, bringing landlords and local authorities together to improve safety, cut crime and reduce police calls to rental housing and apartment complexes.Read More →