Criminal Justice Reform

How the nation voted on criminal justice issues that impact our youth

The 2018 midterm elections have come to an end, and, while the outcomes of some races remain unknown, it is safe to say that the outcome for young people across the country was overwhelmingly positive. While most of the country was glued to the results in competitive U.S. House and Senate races, it was the state and local elections that that will make a huge difference in the lives of young people. Continue reading “How the nation voted on criminal justice issues that impact our youth”

Criminal Justice Reform

Why you should care if Congress finally passes criminal justice reform

You may wonder why Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican, is putting such a major effort into passing bipartisan criminal justice reform. Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been working with Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois for over four years. They have good reasons that are worth considering, even for those of us without much cause to think about life in the slammer. Continue reading “Why you should care if Congress finally passes criminal justice reform”

Concealed carry law expected to pass in South Dakota

South Dakota gun rights supporters are saying newly-elected South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem gives them hope that additional gun rights laws will be passed. A concealed carry with no permit bill has been vetoed multiple times by the previous governor, but some are pointing to Noem’s record as a sign that might not be the case if a similar bill was presented to her. Continue reading “Concealed carry law expected to pass in South Dakota”

Three Strikes Law

Reform bill to overhaul controversial ‘three strikes’ rule

From a man who was sentenced to life after stealing $150 worth of videotapes to an offender sentenced for shoplifting a jacket worth $159, new prison reform tries to overhaul the controversial “three strikes” law that led to people spending their life in prison for petty crimes. Continue reading “Reform bill to overhaul controversial ‘three strikes’ rule”