Policy And Planning

For some inmates, being released can be more terrifying than being locked up

(USA TODAY) Terrance Coffie, December 10, 2017 — The day began like so many others. I was standing in my apartment, drinking coffee and watching the news. My past — which was filled with horrible decisions that had led to drug use and multiple attempted robberies — was weighing heavily on my mind. I had long since left that lifestyle behind. But, as a […]

UN Experts Say Video Footage of Taser Use in US Jails Reveals Torture

(COMMON DREAMS) Andrea Germanos, December 9, 2017 — United Nations experts had a damning assessment of taser use in U.S. jails, saying footage they viewed revealed the need for investigations and in some cases showed abusive use of the devices so severe it amounted to torture. The watchdogs viewed video footage obtained by Reuters of 22 incidents […]

The GOP Tax Scam Two-Step: Explode the Deficit With Cuts for Rich, Then Screw the Poor

(COMMON DREAMS) Jake Johnson, December 4, 2017 — Senate Republicans proclaimed on Friday that they have the votes to pass a $1.5 trillion tax bill whose contents have been kept secret from virtually everyone except corporate lobbyists. Progressive lawmakers and activists are once more warning that the GOP is planning to use the massive deficit hole its […]

Can Smart Cities technology improve outcomes for low-income Baltimore residents? – Johns Hopkins Center for Government Excellence

(JOHNS HOPKINS CENTER FOR GOVERNMENT EXCELLENCE) Katherine Klosek, November 13, 2017 — This month, GovEx joined researchers from Morgan State University and University of Baltimore in kicking off a project led by the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland to answer the question, “How can investments in Smart Cities Technologies Improve The Lives […]

Community Wants WIC Participation at Gristedes; Activists and Ownership are Talking

(CHELSEA NOW) Dusica Sue Malesevic, November 13, 2017 — While community activists continue their push for grocery store chain Gristedes to once again accept WIC, the two sides agreed late last week to meet. John Catsimatidis, owner of Gristedes, and Italo Medelius and Miguel Acevedo, the leaders of the effort, had a conference call on Fri., Oct. 27 […]

All senators and their staff will now have to complete sexual harassment prevention training

(VOX) Tara Golshan, November 13, 2017 — All senators and their staff will now be required to undergo sexual harassment prevention training — the first major policy change in Congress since the legislative branch came under heightened scrutiny as a breeding ground for workplace harassment. The Senate unanimously voted to mandate harassment prevention training late Thursday night, […]

As NYPD Officers Are Charged with Rape of Teenager, Advocates Call for End to Mass Sexual Violence

(DEMOCRACYNOW.ORG) Interview, November 12, 2017 — In New York City, two police officers have quit the New York Police Department after they were charged with rape, kidnapping and official misconduct. Prosecutors say former NYPD detectives Edward Martins and Richard Hall arrested an 18-year-old woman after stopping her car and finding a small amount of marijuana and a […]

Getting Restorative Justice Approved By Your State Political Body Is Worth the Trouble

(JUVENILE JUSTICE) Sen. Dave Marsden, November 11, 2017 — It is becoming increasingly clear that diverting individuals from the juvenile justice system, which is consistent with public safety and still holds offenders accountable, is generally a best-practice concept. This can have a significant impact on public safety by increasing successful life outcomes for young people. A crime […]


(NYC HUMAN RIGHTS) November 6, 2017 — Effective Oct. 31, 2017, it will be illegal for public and private employers of any size in New York City to ask about applicant’s salary history during the hiring process, including in advertisements for positions, on applications, or in interviews.  Rather than rely on an applicant’s previous salary, employers and […]

Bowe Bergdahl spared prison time for US Army desertion

(BBC NEWS) November 4, 2017 — US Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl will be spared prison time after he was found guilty of deserting his Afghan outpost in 2009, a military judge has ruled.Under the sentence in his court martial, the 31-year-old sergeant will be dishonourably discharged, reduced to private in rank and lose pay.Prosecutors had argued […]