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Boy Scouts of America Reach ‘Historic’ $850M Settlement on Sexual Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) reached an $850 million settlement with more than 60,000 men who sued the institution over alleged sexual abused by adults in scouting over several decades, says NPR. This agreement is the first legal settlement in a long list of lawsuits against the Boy Scouts, which filed for Chapter 11 [Read More]
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Despite Push to Defund the Police, Atlanta Boosts Budget in Face of Rising Crime

Rather than withholding roughly $73 million from the Atlanta Police Department’s budget, an idea discussed a year ago by the Atlanta City Council amid talks on changing the way the department polices, the city increased the department’s budget by 7 percent to over $230 million, a $15 million increase that represented the biggest boost awarded [Read More]
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Virginia’s Lifetime Employment Ban for People with Convictions Blocks Them From Serving Others

Under Virginia state code, the Department of Health, Department of Social Services and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services are prohibited from hiring employees with certain criminal histories, a fact that becomes a barrier for those seeking to pursue careers in anything from addiction treatment programs to child care providers to congregate facilities, including [Read More]
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Texas Takes Steps to Finance Border Wall Construction

Texas Governor Greg Abbot has announced new details on how the state will fund construction of a wall along its border with Mexico, including a state-managed donation site allowing citizens to contribute and the transfer of $250 million from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to the Disaster Fund within the Office of the Governor [Read More]
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D.C., Maryland, Virginia Hit by Surge of Opioid Deaths During Pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which experts say left many isolated from addiction treatment as well as family and friends even as jobs dried up and schooling went online, communities in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia saw dramatic increases in opioid-related deaths as clinics struggled to meet the challenges of isolating during the [Read More]
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Biden’s Executive Order Could Help in Immigration, Eviction Cases

An order signed by President Joe Biden last week directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) to devise a plan for expanding access to courts, not just to public defenders working in criminal cases, but also to the civil court system, has advocates hopeful it could improve access to civil courts — including for those facing [Read More]
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California Judge Orders Cameras at Prisons with Continued Abuse Issues

Finding persistent, targeted abuse of disabled inmates in California’s prison system, a federal judge on Thursday ordered prison officials to install surveillance cameras and require guards to wear body cameras at five state prisons, reports the Courthouse News Service. Senior U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken also ordered the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to [Read More]