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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - OR: Criminal Justice

Youths lose out when they're taken from the juvenile court system to the adult court system, a new report says. (D Coetzee/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon youths should not be treated as adults in the criminal justice system, according to a new report from the Oregon Council on Civil Rights. The report looks at the effects of Measure 11, which requires young people 15 and older be tried as adults for certain crimes. T

Oregon has a backlog of about 4,900 untested rape kits, according to a 2015 report. (April Davis/Oregon Military Dept. Public Affairs)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Justice Department has released a first-of-its-kind report detailing the best practices for handling sexual-assault kits. In Oregon, that number is in the thousands. The report from the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the Justice Department, includes 35 recom

President Trump veered off in a speech Friday about the criminal gang MS-13 to tell police not to be

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Communities and police departments in Oregon and across the nation are responding to President Trump's comments to police on Friday that they shouldn't be "too nice" with suspects. His comments come at a time when tensions are running high between law enforcement and the public.

Two bills passed by the Oregon Legislature aim to divert more people from prison. (Jeff Clark/Bureau of Land Management)

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon legislative session ended this week, and according to advocates for people in prison, sentencing reform was a big winner. House Bill 3078, known as the "Safety and Savings Act" and passed last week, would divert women convicted of certain property crimes - often driven by d

Immigrants' rights advocates want clear guidelines for the types of information that state and local agencies can release about undocumented Oregonians. (Greg Wahl-Stephens/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. – As Oregon lawmakers enter their final days of the session, immigrants' rights advocates are pushing state senators to pass a bill protecting the privacy of undocumented Oregonians. Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum spearheaded House Bill 3464, to give guideli

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that could keep the state from having to build a second women's prison. (Ztranger/iStockphoto)

SALEM, Ore. - As the population at Oregon's sole women's prison swells, lawmakers are left with a choice: Should the state build a new women's prison or consider alternatives to lower the prison population? House Bill 3078, known as the "Safety and Savings Act," which is to get a hearing in the Ore

A new report finds that one-quarter of the people on Oregon's death row have an intellectual disability. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. — One-quarter of people on Oregon's death row most likely suffer from some form of intellectual disability or brain damage, according to a new report. The Fair Punishment Project found that, alongside those with intellectual disabilities, people who endured severe childhood tr

A new report says the number of people incarcerated could be cut drastically without endangering the public. (LisaRedfern/Pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 40 percent of people are behind bars for no compelling public safety reason, according to a new report. The Brennan Center for Justice report, How Many Americans are Unnecessarily Incarcerated? looks at state and federal prison populations, and suggests numbers could be

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