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Four rights groups filed a complaint Monday against US migrant detention center Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC), alleging “medical neglect” and a lack of COVID-19 safety measures. Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights and South Georgia Immigrant Support Network filed the complaint based on allegations made by a nurse who [...]

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal by Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker, the Green Party candidates for President and Vice President, to appear on the Wisconsin ballot. The decision avoided thrusting Wisconsin into election chaos by declining to order the reprinting of hundreds of thousands of ballots just days before county clerks [...]

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Advocates for prison reform commemorated the Sunday, September 13 anniversary of the Attica prison uprising with protests in New York City and Albany, calling for improved treatment of incarcerated people. Forty-nine years ago, inmates at Attica Correctional Facility in New York, who described the conditions of their confinement as little short of torture, led an [...]

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US violent crime rates decreased 15 percent in 2019, according to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) latest National Criminal Victimization Survey (NCVS) report on Monday. The decrease in the rate of violent crime from 2018 to 2019 reverses a four-year increase. This represents a drop from 1.4 million victims of violent crimes to [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday reversed a judgment that prevented New York state from collecting over $600 million from drug companies in its attempt to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. The decision concerns New York’s Opioid Stewardship Act (OSA), which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law in 2018. The [...]

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A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania ruled Monday that Governor Tom Wolf’s closing of “non-life-sustaining” businesses and restrictions on gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic were unconstitutional. Butler, Greene, Fayette and Washington counties sued the governor, claiming the shutdown orders were unconstitutional. The court held that “(1) the congregate [...]

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A federal judge on Saturday temporarily blocked the US Postal Service (USPS) from sending election notices to Colorado households that state officials claimed contain “patently false information” about the 2020 election process in Colorado. The USPS claimed that the notices help voters understand the mail-in process. However, Colorado’s secretary of state criticized the notices as [...]

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Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court Loretta Rush tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. According to a press release from the court, Rush was infected with COVID-19 after coming into contact with a family member who also had the virus. Rush has self-quarantined since discovering her family member tested positive for COVID-19. She will [...]

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