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Some police departments did not report racial profiling data until threatened with sanctions. (WestportWiki/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Civil-liberties advocates want the General Assembly to do more to ensure the public can hold police accountable. In 2014, the state passed a law mandating that all police agencies make their complaint forms available online and accept anonymous complaints. But, an ACLU repo

Nationally, African American children are six times more likely to have a parent in jail than are white children. (Amanda Mills/pixnio.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Mass incarceration of African Americans has contributed significantly to the racial achievement gap in the nation's schools, according to a recent report. The so-called war on drugs vastly expanded the U.S. prison population. But while African Americans are no more likely to sel

Mental health experts say prolonged isolation can worsen and even cause mental illness. (jmiller291/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers and advocates for people in prison on Tuesday are bringing a replica of a solitary confinement cell to the State Capitol as they call for reform legislation. Their point is that solitary confinement can worsen or even cause mental illness, and that prolonged isola

A new report says Connecticut residents' lack of access to civil legal assistance ends up costing taxpayers millions of dollars. (Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – A state task force of judges, attorneys, law enforcement and educators has said a person's access to an attorney in some civil court proceedings should be a right. A new report from the Task Force to Improve Access to Legal Counsel in Civil Matters found that many Connecticu

The split decision in the U.S. Supreme Court does not set a legal precedent, but could prove to be a major setback for families of mixed immigration status. (skeeze/Pixabay)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Immigration advocates are expressing outrage over the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday on immigration. The 4-to-4 tie vote allows an appeals court decision blocking President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration to stand. The president's Deferred Action pl

Nationally, police SWAT teams now conduct 60,000 raids a year. (Fiatswat800/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Following the police killing of a Stamford man, civil liberties advocates are calling for more transparency on how, when and why police deploy SWAT units. Dylan Pape, 25, was killed in his home by a Stamford Police Special Response Team on Monday. The death is still being in

114,000 Connecticut children live in poverty. (Amanda Mills, USCDCP/public-domain-image.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - New analysis shows that despite increases during the recession, the share of Connecticut's budget going to children has declined. According to Derek Thomas, a fiscal policy fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, the poverty rate for children in the state is higher than ever at

Participating in activities with their peers helps foster children succeed. Credit: Lourdeslanote/Wikimedia Commons

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The federal Strengthening Families Act is helping children in foster care have some of the formative experiences that children in intact families may take for granted. What Young People Need to Thrive, a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, says foster children have oft

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