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A candle burns outside an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in November 2022.

Bill to prohibit LGBTQ “panic defense” tabled in Arkansas Senate committee

BY: - January 30, 2023

A bill expanding Arkansas school employees’ right to defend themselves in physical altercations passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, while another bill aimed at protecting LGBTQ Arkansans from violence was tabled. Senate Minority Whip Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) said her background as a schoolteacher informed her introduction of both bills. Chesterfield introduced Senate Bill […]

Federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’ probed by U.S. Senate panel

BY: - September 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in a Thursday hearing grilled the top leader of federal prisons on how the agency would address staffing shortages and reports of abuse of incarcerated people.  “The Bureau (of Prisons) has been riddled with mismanagement and, sadly, with scandal,” said the chair of the committee, Illinois […]