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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Announces Resignation

Posted by Janice L. Bailey on August 10, 2021 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (8)

By Jack Phillips August 10, 2021 Updated: August 10, 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, announced Tuesday he will resign effective in 14 days after allegations of sexual harassment that were detailed in a state attorney general’s report last week.

 

Cuomo’s resignation came as the New York Assembly started deliberations Monday on an impeachment inquiry into his conduct and as top Dem...

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Girls Embracing Mothers

Posted by Janice L. Bailey on August 10, 2021 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Camp offers a chance for formerly incarcerated moms to rebuild relationships with their daughters!

By Julianna Morano

 

9:00 AM on Jun 22, 2021

“No running!” says Diana Lopez, a volunteer at a summer camp organized by the nonprofit Girls Embracing Mothers.


Diana Lopez and her daughter Ariel Lopez, 14, pose for a photo du...

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Push continues in Texas to a Raise the Age for Juvenile Offenders

Posted by Janice L. Bailey on August 10, 2021 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Texas News Service July 9, 2021

AUSTIN – Texas is one of only three states to automatically treat 17-year-olds as adults when they are arrested, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition said that can often lead to a lifetime of involvement with the justice system.

Since 2007, advocates to “Raise the Age” have encouraged state policymakers to change laws, so teens can go through the juvenile justice system instead.

 

Alycia Castillo, policy analys...

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The vulnerability of females in the juvenile system, Central Texas and beyond

Posted by Janice L. Bailey on August 10, 2021 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Khadeeja UmanaPosted at 10:19 PM, Aug 06, 2021 and last updated 10:47 PM, Aug 06, 2021

As the number of juvenile females rises, experts are calling for a closer look at juvenile facilities and their poor resource management in addressing the lack of services this population has.

 

The number of girls in U.S. detention centers has risen by 49 percent, according to a report by the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice; but systems are ill-equipped to address their need...

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First Step Act is a Good Start

Posted by Janice L. Bailey on January 13, 2019 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

By George Kevin Jordan

Published: January 2, 2019 - originally appeared on Afro-American Newspapers.

In 2019 organizations that supported the recently passed First Step Act, which helps reform the prison system, are calling for proper implementation and transparency, officials said.

 

“I think the take away from folks supporting and opposing this bill is that it’s well titled &...

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Paroling Elderly Inmates is Humane Solution to Costly Mass Incarceration

Posted by Janice L. Bailey on January 13, 2019 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

By Marc Schindler Original article published on The Hill

As the United States enters its fourth decade of the mass incarceration crisis, state and federal policymakers are taking steps to push back against a wasteful system that costs billions of taxpayer dollars and does little to deliver on promises of public safety. It has put enormous strain on state budgets, while disproportionately impacting people of color and destroying lives, families and com...

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Gun Deaths Dropped in 2018, Excluding Suicides

Posted by Janice L. Bailey on January 13, 2019 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

For the first time in Gun Violence Archive’s 5-year history, it recorded a decline in fatal shootings.

BY JENNIFER MASCIA· @JENNIFERMASCIA ·January 7, 2019

At least 14,611 Americans were killed by guns last year, excluding most suicides, according to data collected by Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that tracks shootings through media and law enforcement reports. That’s a nearly 7 percent drop compared to last year, and the firs...

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