Crime and Justice

Activists Push To End Solitary Confinement For Teens

Nov 16, 2016
Ellen Abbott, WRVO

(WRVO) The fight to end the practice of putting teens in solitary confinement at the Onondaga County Justice Center continues, and it’s taking place on two fronts. 

The president of the Student Assembly for the SUNY System along with the president of the SUNY Geneseo government  have issued a joint statement on hate speech.

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With only a few days left in session and a lot of proposals to address, the state Capitol is currently a hectic place. But in the flurry of activity, several advocacy groups have latched onto one particular measure: House Bill 1538. 

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The state's child-abuse hotline has faced criticism over tens of thousands of unanswered calls. Now, the state's auditor general says management of ChildLine is improving, but issues remain. 

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(WXXI) U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with survivors of trafficking, advocacy groups and the police department to announce new bipartisan legislation. The bill, called the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, would clear criminal records of victims of human trafficking.

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In a win for environmentalists and municipalities, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down  a number of provisions to the state’s oil and gas law. At issue were several items related to the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Robinson v. Commonwealth, the controversial and wide ranging environmental ruling that eliminated parts of the state’s revised oil and gas law, known as Act 13.  

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(WXXI News & AP) U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will have more information later today on public corruption charges against nine defendants, including Joseph Percoco, who was once a top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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The head of Pennsylvania's Homeland Security Department is using the bombing attacks in New York and New Jersey to remind people to be vigilant. Director Marcus Brown says the multiple attacks were one of the top priorities in a staff meeting this morning. 

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This past July, Tompkins County banned the box requiring applicants to answer if they’ve had a felony conviction.


The change, which applies only to county jobs, is one tactic being used to keep ex-offenders from returning to prison. Another tactic is vocational training inside prison. However, some say those programs don’t necessarily help them on the outside.


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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's governor says state Attorney General Kathleen Kane made the right decision to resign in the wake of her perjury conviction in a grand jury leak case.