Public Safety

Arkansas declines to release police officer database, preventing public oversight of problem cops

BY: and - November 27, 2023

When new officials took on the oversight of Arkansas law enforcement officers under Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders early this year, they made keeping bad cops off the street a focus. They said they adopted new processes and safeguards intended to prevent problem officers from hopping from department to department and have even looked at individuals […]

Arkansas Corrections Board chair responds to criticism from governor, attorney general

BY: - November 21, 2023

UPDATE: This story was updated at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2023, with additional information about Magness’ position on the PROTECT Act. The Arkansas Board of Corrections rejected a request to expand prison capacity this month because of severe staffing shortages and existing crowding, board Chairman Benny Magness says in a Nov. 20 letter […]

A door displays a sign for bail bond services in Los Angeles. Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous, is one of many jurisdictions working to change its bail protocols. The Los Angeles Superior Court implemented a zero cash bail system in October. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Cash bail policies are under fresh scrutiny

BY: - November 14, 2023

States can’t figure out what to do about cash bail. The system — in which an arrested suspect pays cash to avoid sitting in jail until their court date and gets the money back when they appear — is deeply entrenched in the nation’s history as a way to ensure defendants return to face justice. […]

California Highway Patrol officers work at the scene of a fatal vehicle accident in Pasadena in June 2022. Traffic fatalities have spiked nationwide and stayed high since 2019 despite fewer miles driven overall. (James Carbone/The Associated Press)

Less driving but more deaths: Spike in traffic fatalities puzzles lawmakers

BY: - November 13, 2023

Traffic deaths are lingering near historic highs in most states despite less driving overall, prompting policymakers to consider deploying more police or installing automated monitoring such as speed cameras to curb speeding and reckless driving. People are driving fewer miles than they were in 2019, but more are dying on roadways. Traffic deaths spiked 18% […]