Penal System
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New Hampshire Senate overrides veto to abolish death penalty

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/30/19, 12:39 pm

The New Hampshire state Senate Thursday abolished the death penalty in the state, overriding the governor’s veto in a 16-8 vote, exactly the two-thirds needed. The 400-member state House of Representatives last week had just enough votes to override Republican Gov. Chris Sununu’s veto.

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Texas executes man for racist killing

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/25/19, 11:36 am

The state of Texas executed John William King, 44, on Wednesday for orchestrating one of the most gruesome racially motivated crimes in U.S. history. King, who was white and a self-avowed racist, was convicted of the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African American man, in Jasper, Texas. The killing attracted national attention to the East Texas town, which was branded with a racist stigma it has struggled to shake off ever since.

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Bail reform and results

Criminal Justice | New Jersey courts reveal the outcome of removing cash bail almost entirely from their system
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/24/19, 02:40 pm

A New Jersey moment: 

A year ago I sat in a Manhattan courtroom watching arraignment after arraignment as the judge assigned bail amounts to different criminal cases. At that time, New Jersey had recently eliminated cash bail almost altogether, replacing it with a risk assessment system that would incarcerate only those who were a flight risk or a risk to the community.

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