Stories tagged: "criminal justice reform"

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Republicans Toss Criminal Justice Reforms From State Budget

Republican lawmakers also reject Democratic attempt to reign in spending millions of taxpayer dollars on private lawyers.

(Graphic by Morgaine Ford-Workman; childhood photos provided by Garland Hampton and Dominee Meek)
Sentenced to Prison as Minors, These Two Men Want Kids to Get Help With Trauma Sooner

About 90% of children who commit crimes have significant trauma histories, according to a state trauma-informed care coordinator. But the system is not set up with treatment and rehabilitation as priorities, explained childhood trauma survivors and experts. Wisconsin’s governor wants to change that.

Garland Hampton, left, and Dominee Meek spent more than 25 years behind bars serving live prison sentences they received at age 15. They were released on parole, but thanks to a state law change, teens receiving the same sentence just a few years later would not have been eligible for a parole. Meek and Hampton are advocating for other teens to have the same shot at redemption. (Graphic by Morgaine Ford-Workman)
Proposed Bill Would End ‘Unconscionable’ Practice of Giving Kids Life Without Parole

Wisconsin continues to sentence young people to life sentences without the possibility of parole, despite the practice being banned by the US Supreme Court.

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Breonna Taylor: What You Need to Know About the Kentucky EMT Killed by Police While She Was in Bed

On March 13, Breonna Taylor, an EMT working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, was shot and killed in her Kentucky home by police.

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California Cop Under Investigation After Viral Video Shows Him Violently Punching Teen

“He’s on top of me and it looks like he’s about to hit me. Like, I’m reacting like any other normal human being would.”

GOP Crime Bills Would Pack Crowded Prisons

Republicans abandon bipartisan criminal justice reform in election year push