Police and probation officers in 23 South Dakota counties will soon be equipped with tablet computers so they can connect people in mental distress with mental health professionals, under a pilot program announced Thursday. Continue reading “SD officers to get iPads to help with mental crisis”
As they await Gov. Kim Reynolds’ promised executive order on restoring felon voting rights, key Iowa legislators doubt she’ll have the last word on the issue.
Deciding whether to send your children back to the school building in the Fall, home school, or opt for online learning has been a difficult one for many Iowa families. Continue reading “How do divorced parents decide on their child’s return to school?”
Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Iowa and under federal law, but Des Moines officials on Monday took steps to make marijuana possession law enforcement’s lowest priority. Continue reading “Des Moines studies decriminalization, here’s what you should know”
The Republican-led legislature passed the bill allowing guns in public in early June, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed it into law June 25, and the law went into effect July 1. Continue reading “Officials Grapple With New IA Law Allowing Guns In Public”
For many accused of a federal crime, it may seem like the world is closing in because navigating the federal criminal justice system may seem daunting and terrifying for many. Continue reading “What Happens If You Are Accused of a Federal Crime”
The cause of criminal-justice reform has been, in recent years, a welcome exception to the extreme polarization that has afflicted so much of our politics. Since 2008, the prison population has dropped in most parts of the country, in both red states and blue. Continue reading “The Halting of Criminal-Justice Reform”
South Dakota’s move over law gets more teeth come Wednesday, July 1. Continue reading “SD ‘move over’ fine more than doubles”
New phone driving laws go into effect Wednesday in ID, IN and SD. These states will prohibit the use of hand-held cellphones while driving, beginning Wednesday. Continue reading “New phone driving laws go into effect in ID, IN and SD”
New IA Laws – Starting Wednesday, Iowans will be free to carry guns in courthouses — but not in courtrooms, and they also could face harsher punishments for animal cruelty.