PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: we will take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have gun; and “ghost” fishing gear killing whales and seals on the West Coast.

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Public News Service - MN: Criminal Justice

Between 2008 and 2016, Minnesota's crime rate dropped 24 percent while the incarceration rate rose 1 percent. (Dave Nakayama/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new study from The Pew Charitable Trusts found that incarceration rates fell across the nation from their record high 10 years ago. Crime rates also fell, but in Minnesota, while the crime rate has dropped, too, the incarceration rate has risen slightly. Kelly Mitchell

The updated Minnesota Protocol is also known as The Revised United Nations Manual on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. (Falcon Photography)

MINNEAPOLIS – A nonprofit group in Minnesota has written – and most recently, helped revise – guidelines to protect human rights. Those guidelines are known as the Minnesota Protocol, although they are better known and more widely used outside the state. The guidelines were dev

More than 250,000 Minnesotans have received concealed-carry permits since that legislation was passed in 2003. (Madison Scott-Clary/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS – Gun violence kills or injures almost 1,000 Minnesotans a year. And some of the best minds in the state aim to do something about it during the Northstar Public Health Conference on Gun Violence in downtown Minneapolis on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, executiv

A new approach to investigating child sexual abuse should better equip small towns to deal with the problem. (First Witness)

DULUTH, Minn. – A conference today in Duluth brings together police, lawyers, social workers and doctors for a new approach to helping victims of child sexual abuse. Instead of dealing separately with various agencies and professionals, victims are interviewed only one time. A video of that

Women between ages 40 and 60 are most vulnerable to romance scams. (gettyimages)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- February is traditionally prime time for romance, but it's also a time when internet scammers are out looking for victims. Experts advise Minnesotans to proceed with caution before they let their hearts - and their finances - get tangled up in a romantic scheme. Special Agent Ga

As the Department of Justice plans to end its use of private prisons, Minnesota's correctional officer's union wants to keep a private facility in Appleton permanently shuttered. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Department of Justice's plan to end its use of private prisons is renewing calls to keep a private Minnesota facility permanently closed. Some state lawmakers have been considering a plan to reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. But the idea has b

Activists, lawmakers and civil rights groups are calling for policy changes in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The fatal police shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop near St. Paul has sparked outrage from community activists and some state lawmakers. Protests were held outside the Minnesota Governor's Residence today over a traffic stop gone wrong in which the 32-year-old blac

Minnesota lawmakers continue to consider reopening a controversial for-profit prison in Appleton, even as opposition grows. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota lawmakers will again consider two bills aimed at reopening a controversial for-profit prison, as one of the state's largest labor groups continues to oppose the idea. If House File 3223 and its counterpart in the Senate become law, the privately-owned Prairie Correction

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