CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Thursday appointed William K. Marshall III as the commissioner of the state Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Marshall replaces Betsy Jividen, who resigned in August after four years.
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge who previously concluded Arizona was providing inadequate medical and mental health care to prisoners said she will give the state three months to ensure it has enough health care professionals to meet constitutional standards.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Sweeping criminal justice legislation signed Tuesday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will allow police to stop people solely for holding a cellphone while driving, with certain exceptions.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The most talked-about Illinois law taking effect with the dawn of a new year on Sunday is one whose future is up in the air.
The SAFE-T Act criminal justice overhaul was supposed to end the practice of allowing criminal defendants to post bail and leave jail while awaiting trial, but a judge declared that part of the law unconstitutional.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A sweeping criminal justice bill passed early Thursday by the Ohio Legislature would let inmates earn more time off prison sentences, make it easier to keep some criminal records out of the public eye, and allow people to be stopped by police solely for holding or using a cellphone while driving.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 150 years after slaves were freed in the U.S., voters in five states will soon decide whether to close loopholes that led to the proliferation of a different form of slavery — forced labor by people convicted of certain crimes.
As the nation this week made Juneteenth a federal holiday, honoring the end of the enslavement of Black people, lawmakers are reviving calls to end a loophole in the Constitution that allowed another form of slavery — forced labor for those convicted of some crimes — to thrive.