Federal criminal prosecutions fall to lowest level in nearly two decades

BY JOHN GRAMLICH (HTTP://WWW.PEWRESEARCH.ORG/AUTHOR/JGRAMLICH/)

Prosecutions for drug, immigration and property offenses – the three most common categories of crime charged by the federal government – all have declined over the past five years. The Justice Department filed drug charges against 24,638 defendants in 2016, down 23% from 2011. It filed immigration charges against 20,762 defendants, down 26%. And it charged 10,712 people with property offenses such as fraud and embezzlement, a 39% decline.

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Cutting Bail Costs in Half ‘Could Save Billions’

On any given day in the United States there are about 450,000 people in jail who have not been convicted of anything. According to the Pretrial Justice Institute (http://www.pretrial.org/) , they cost taxpayers about $38 million a day.  Those 450,000 people have been charged with a crime, and all—except for a small percentage facing life in prison—have a right to be free. These men and women sit in jail because they do not have the money to get out, pending trial.

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Senators advance bill that would end local gun regulations in Nebraska in favor of state law

OWH April 13, 2017 Nebraska lawmakers signaled Wednesday they intend to pull rank on local elected officials when it comes to regulating guns.

The Legislature voted 32-12 to advance a bill that would require state law to override municipal gun regulations in Nebraska.

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Nebraska legislators advance proposal to hike judges’ salaries by 2.5 percent

OWH April 6, 2017

Nebraska’s state court judges would get a 2.5 percent raise over the next two years under a bill advanced Wednesday by the Legislature.

Current salaries range from $172,000 annually for the seven Supreme Court judges to $154,800 for the 58 judges who preside over county courts.

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Nebraska lawmakers give first-round OK to bill to end childhood sex abuse victims’ deadline for filing civil suits

OWH April 6, 2017

Nebraska could soon eliminate the deadline for childhood victims of sexual assault to seek financial damages against their abusers.

Current law requires victims to file lawsuits by the time they turn 33 years old.

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Opponents filibuster bill to restrict local gun rules; ‘This is not the Wild West’

OWH April 5, 2017

Concertgoers file into Pinnacle Bank Arena with handguns openly strapped to their hips.

It’s a scenario Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister said could play out if Nebraska lawmakers pass legislation that would prohibit Lincoln, Omaha and other cities from enforcing most local gun ordinances.

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Douglas J. Peterson: The case for mandatory minimums

The writer is the attorney general for Nebraska.

Nebraskans expect that their elected officials will carry out their primary duty — ensuring the safety of the public.

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US police agencies with their own DNA databases stir debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Dozens of police departments around the U.S. are amassing their own DNA databases to track criminals, a move critics say is a way around regulations…

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Nebraska lawmakers advance bill to give immunity to those who call for help after drug overdose

LINCOLN (Omaha World-Herald) – People who call for help about a drug overdose would be shielded from drug possession charges under a bill given first-round approval Thursday in the Legislature.

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