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California governor halts death penalty

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/13/19, 11:05 am

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that puts a moratorium on capital punishment, delaying the execution of 737 death row inmates. The order also closes the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison and effectively withdraws the state’s lethal injection protocol. The moratorium will last as long as Newsom is governor.

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Migrant children say they were abused in U.S. shelters

Compassion | The Justice Department documents thousands of claims of sexual misconduct
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/06/19, 04:08 pm

Last week, the U.S. government released records showing thousands of reports of sexual abuse of migrant children in U.S. shelters over the last four years. While illegal immigration remains one of the hottest topics in Washington, D.C., and a key priority for President Donald Trump, the data raise real concerns about the safety of children in U.S. custody.

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Police shooting decision sparks protests

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/04/19, 10:30 am

Angry protests erupted in Sacramento, Calif., over the weekend after authorities announced two police officers will not face criminal charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black man. Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark following a foot chase last March. They pursued Clark through a neighborhood and confronted him in his grandmother’s backyard, where they mistook his cellphone for a handgun and shot him numerous times.

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