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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


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Public News Service - NY: Juvenile Justice

In 2016, students in New York City public schools experienced 1,263 arrests. (Steven Depolo/Flickr)

NEW YORK - Juvenile-justice advocates say New York City is spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on a punitive approach to school discipline that is ineffective and harms students. According to a new report by the Center for Popular Democracy and the Urban Youth Collaborative, last year m

New York has ended the use of solitary for 16- and 17-year-olds in state prisons, and the Onondaga County Justice Center has been ordered to do the same. (Officer Bimblebury/Wikimedia Commons)<br />

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A federal judge has ordered the Justice Center in Syracuse to stop putting 16- and 17-year-olds in solitary confinement. The preliminary injunction issued Wednesday was granted in a lawsuit challenging the practice of punishing juveniles held in the adult jail by keeping the

People ordered to empty their pockets often then are arrested for having marijuana in public view. (houstondwiPhotos mp/flickr.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A bill to seal the criminal records of New Yorkers arrested for marijuana possession has cleared the state Assembly. Personal possession of small amounts of marijuana was decriminalized in New York 40 years ago, but a loophole in the law allowing arrest for possession "in public vi

The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The U.S. Justice Department has submitted a "statement of interest" in a lawsuit seeking to end the solitary confinement of juveniles in a New York jail. The lawsuit, filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and Legal Services of Central New York, challenges the ongoing p

On Rikers Island, 89 percent of the inmates are black or Latino. (Tim Rodenberg/flickr.com)

NEW YORK – Thirty years of mass incarceration and criminalization wasted trillions of dollars that could have been used to improve lives, according to a new report. The report, The $3.4 Trillion Dollar Mistake, said from 1982 to 2012, spending on criminal justice nationally increased by almos

Sent to solitary at 16 for arguing over a basketball, Randy attempted suicide. (NYCLU)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A federal lawsuit was filed Wednesday against the Sheriff's Office in Onondaga County, where 16- and 17-year-olds are often held in solitary confinement, sometimes for months at a time. In 2014, New York State agreed to end solitary confinement for juveniles in state prisons and e

New York is one of only two states to charge 16-year-olds as adults. (Michael Coghlan/flickr.com)

NEW YORK — Across the country, young people are being imprisoned because their families are unable to pay fines or court fees, according to a new report. The report, "Debtor's Prison for Kids," by the Juvenile Law Center, said the practice can pull young people deeper into the juvenile-justi

Some students are issued a court summons for minor misbehavior.  (Beyond My Ken/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK -- The latest New York Police Department data shows New York City Schools are safer than ever, but black and Latino students are still disproportionately subject to police actions. School crime hit a record low in the second quarter of 2016, and fewer students were arrested overall. But Da

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