Justice

Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure

Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.<p>The "Freedom to Serve Children Act" received a late …

Equality

APNewsBreak: 2 more leaks found along Dakota Access pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Dakota Access pipeline system leaked more than 100 gallons of oil in North Dakota in two separate incidents in March — the second and third known leaks discovered as crews prepared the disputed $3.8 billion pipeline for operation.<p>Two barrels, or 84 gallons (320 liters), …

Injustice

Trump to Pitch Deep Cuts to Anti-Poverty Programs, Medicaid - Bloomberg

President Donald Trump plans to propose $1.7 trillion in cuts to a category of spending that includes major social and entitlement programs for …

Equality

Bill Cosby Net Worth As Jury Selection For Sexual Assault Trial Begins

Bill Cosby appeared Monday at the Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh where the beginning phases of jury selection for his upcoming …

Bill Cosby

A Third of Potential Bill Cosby Jurors Have Already Made Up Their Minds

(PITTSBURGH) — One-third of the potential jurors questioned in Bill Cosby's sex assault case Monday said they've formed opinions about his guilt or …

Bill Cosby

The Federal Prosecutors Backing Jeff Sessions on Mandatory Minimums

The National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys lobbied against the last major push for criminal-justice reform in Congress. Now their former president is working in the Justice Department.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recent directive to federal prosecutors to seek the harshest …

Government

Nurses could deny helping LGBTQ people under Texas’ new ‘religious freedom’ bill

With the Texas Legislature’s session set to close on May 29, Republicans are attempting to beat the clock by pushing through a flood of anti-LGBTQ …

Equality

Kentucky Court Ruling Protects Artist’s Free Speech, Religious Liberty

When should a business owner’s decisions be condemned as illegal discrimination?<p>Imagine a print shop owned by a devout atheist. A Muslim woman, …

Equality

Paul Krugman Should Know That American Workers Aren't Quite The Feudal Serfs He Supposes

It is entirely true, as Paul Krugman says, that workers tied to their employers tend to get a bad deal. Because if they are so tied then why should the employer bother to treat them well or pay them highly? And it’s also true that highly restrictive such ties would be leading toward that status of …

Equality

Michael Barrymore demands 'substantial damages' from Essex Police over wrongful arrest

Entertainer Michael Barrymore should get substantial damages from Essex Police over the wrongful arrest which destroyed his career, the High Court has heard.<p>Mr Barrymore, 65, was arrested and detained in June 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, who was found in …

Crime

This is the highest and lowest paying job in your state

As robots take jobs across the United States, workers may feel safest specializing in human-to-human service skills — from providing medical care to …

Equality

Staffing Imbalances Reveal New York Jail’s Growing Pains

In a swirl of scandals and struggles to address violence on Rikers Island, Mayor Bill de Blasio has poured resources into New York City’s Correction Department, hoping to right the ship. More than 1,000 officers have been added during the mayor’s term, and the department has recorded a sharp rise …

New York City

Trump Watch, Volume 9: Trump urged Comey to jail journalists

Here’s the latest roundup of the Trump administration’s record on issues related to civil liberties and the criminal justice system. As usual, if you can think of anything I’ve missed, please feel free to leave links in the comments section.<p>Perhaps the most overlooked and disturbing bit to come out …

Opinion

NYPD commissioner refuses to march in Puerto Rican Day Parade

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said Monday he won’t join Mayor de Blasio in marching in the Puerto Rican Day Parade next month that honors pardoned …

New York City

Wages aren't the only factor for British working poor

More than half the people living in poverty in the UK live in a home where someone is working, a new report shows.

Equality

Jury Selection Set to Begin in Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Trial

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby.<p>Cosby, 79, stands accused of allegedly drugging and sexually …

Crime

Bill Cosby trial commences with the monumental task of finding jurors who aren’t already biased

PITTSBURGH–One third of the potential 100 jurors in the first round of jury selection for the Bill Cosby sexual-assault trial said Monday they’ve already formed an opinion about the guilt or innocence of the legendary comedian.<p>The large number of possible jurors whose opinions have already been …

Lifestyle

The new drug war’s ‘big fish’ myth

Attorney General Jeff Sessions this month announced that the Justice Department will begin charging defendants in federal

National Academy of Sciences

One in 30 baby boomers in the U.S. has Hepatitis C, which becomes a chronic condition when undiagnosed or untreated. (Virginia Carter)<p>INDIANAPOLIS – …

Social Justice

Scrapping tuition fees will cost billions – the poor need that money more than graduates

The tuition fees system could be progressive. Scrapping it will take money away from where it's needed.<p>There are few more obvious signs of middle …

Equality

Arrested development: Political decisions handcuff cops, DA: Opinion

The New Orleans Police Department and the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office are trying their best to do more with less, "but community safety …

New Orleans

How Far Can Jeff Sessions Take His Crime War?

In 1982, an ambitious U.S. attorney named Jeff Sessions sent his boss in Washington, D.C., a letter offering some advice on matters above his pay …

Jeff Sessions

This Muslim Teen Is Fighting Islamophobia By Inviting Strangers Into Her Home For Dinner

"It's important that we take a stand for ourselves and inform people about why they're wrong about us."<p>California high school student Yusra Rafeeqi, …

Social Justice

Jeff Sessions Wants to Put More People in Prison. His Home State of Alabama Is Doing the Opposite.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions penned a memo to federal prosecutors in early May asking them to stop seeking lenient sentences for drug offenders and …

Prison

Lurching Backward on Justice Reform

When it comes to criminal justice, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a man out of time — stuck defiantly in the 1980s, when crime in America was high and politicians scrambled to out-tough one another by passing breathtakingly severe sentencing laws. This mind-set was bad enough when Mr. Sessions …

Opinion

5 things you need to know Monday

Trump touches down in Israel<p>Air Force One touches down in Israel on Monday as President Trump makes his second stop on his first presidential trip outside the United States. On tap during his visit are a wreath laying at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, and separate meetings with Israeli Prime …

Basketball

Welfare Reform

Overview<p>The welfare reform debate has been contentious and emotional, because it touches the most sensitive of societal issues: work, family, …

Equality

Suicide jail failed to improve, says doctor

<b>Safety improvements were not made at a prison with the highest suicide rate in England and Wales despite a spate of deaths, a psychiatrist has told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Elizabeth van Horn quit her job at Woodhill Prison in April, saying staff shortages had made change impossible.<p>Families of some of those who …

Six year-old begs people in America's murder capital to stop killing each other: 'I'm scared to die'

St Louis has the highest murder rate in the US with 59.3 homicides per 100,000.<p>A St Louis six-year-old has gone viral after he was filmed making a …

Crime

European Welfare States - Information and Resources

There are several structural problems with the German Welfare system. This includes the fact that the system has recently shown too little innovation …

Equality