PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - TX: Criminal Justice

A new study shows that the number of women sent to prisons in Texas has increased by more than 900 percent since 1980. (Alina555/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas – Prison reform advocates say too many of the 12,000 women in Texas prisons don't need to be behind bars. A study by the nonpartisan Texas Criminal Justice Coalition finds that more than two-thirds of the state's female inmates were convicted of nonviolent offenses and recommen

Thousands of students, teachers and parents descended on the Florida State Capitol in protest after a former student with an assault rifle killed 17 students at a school in a shooting rampage. (Moore/GettyImages)<br />

AUSTIN, Texas – After the recent deadly shootings at a Florida high school, gun advocates such as the National Rifle Association and others say arming teachers could avoid another massacre. However, with few exceptions, most teachers in Texas think that's a bad idea, and that it isn't their

The Austin State Hospital was opened in 1857 as the Texas State Lunatic Asylum. It will be replaced with a new $235 million facility in 2019. (THHSC)

AUSTIN, Texas – After decades of neglect, Texas has begun a two-year, $300 million project to rebuild and renovate the state's antiquated psychiatric hospital system. In 2017, the Texas Legislature appropriated the funding to begin bringing the state's network of 10 facilities up to current

The ACLU of Texas wants details from some county sheriffs about their agreements to allow local deputies to act as federal immigration officers. (Kaybe70/GettyImages)

HOUSTON – The American Civil Liberties Union is confronting a number of Texas counties that have entered into law-enforcement agreements with federal immigration officials. The ACLU of Texas has filed Public Information Act requests with seven county sheriffs' offices, asking for details of

Advocates say DNA testing of evidence in rape kits is the key to identifying suspects in sexual assault cases. (GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas — With the passage of a bill establishing a tracking system for evidence in sexual-assault cases, Texas has become the first state to implement comprehensive rape-kit reforms. There are an estimated 20,000 or more untested rape kits sitting in evidence lockers around the state,

The sponsor of a new sentencing guidelines bill says its purpose is to keep Texas jails from acting as ”debtor’s prisons.” (Wikimedia Commons)

AUSTIN, Texas – A measure passed by the Texas Legislature is designed to prevent people convicted of low-level crimes from being sent to jail when they can't afford a fine or fees. Senate Bill 1913 was approved by just five votes in the waning hours of the legislative session and awaits the

Opponents object that the Texas “show me your papers” law would allow police to question anyone they stop for traffic violations about their immigration status. (fstop123/GettyImages)

AUSTIN, Texas - The ink was barely dry on Gov. Greg Abbott's signature on Senate Bill 4, the Texas Sanctuary Cities bill, when the battle over it moved from the state Capitol to the courts. Opponents such as the ACLU and MALDEF are preparing to file lawsuits against the so-called "show me your pape

People on death row in Texas spend up to 23 hours a day in solitary confinement. A new report calls that torture and a violation of human rights. (Solitary Watch)

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - The Texas prison system's policy of housing all people on death row in solitary confinement is a form of torture and a violation of human rights, according to a new study. The report from the University of Texas School of Law, finds that the state houses a person awaiting execut

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