Criminal Justice

Kemp declares state of emergency; National Guard troops on standby in wake of Atlanta protest damage

BY: - January 27, 2023

This story was updated at 9 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2023.  Up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops could be coming to the Capital city in response to protests over an Atlanta police public safety training facility known as “Cop City.” Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency and authorizing […]

U.S. House GOP takes aim at fake pills containing deadly fentanyl sold on social media

BY: - January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — On a June 2020 morning, Amy Neville entered her son’s bedroom to wake him for an orthodontist appointment. Fourteen-year-old Alex didn’t wake up. He died of fentanyl poisoning after taking a counterfeit pill he bought from someone he met on Snapchat, Neville told GOP lawmakers Wednesday during a roundtable discussion of the role […]

Wave of mass shootings prompts Biden to call yet again for assault weapons ban

BY: - January 24, 2023

WASHINGTON — Following a mass shooting on the eve of Lunar New Year in which 11 people in a predominantly Asian neighborhood in California were killed, President Joe Biden again urged Congress to pass legislation banning assault weapons. Communities across America “have been struck by tragedy after tragedy, including mass shootings from Colorado Springs to […]

Georgia AG takes lead in domestic terror cases after protests of planned Atlanta police training center turn violent

BY: - January 24, 2023

Leaders in Georgia are ready for action after protests over an Atlanta police public safety training facility erupted into violence and vandalism last week, including thrown Molotov cocktails, a patrol car set ablaze, a 26-year-old protester killed and a state trooper shot. Georgia Republican Attorney General Chris Carr announced on Monday that he is preparing […]

Days after Indiana attack, White House vows to fight hate against Asian Americans

BY: - January 17, 2023

WASHINGTON— The White House on Tuesday announced a multi-agency strategy to help combat anti-Asian American hate, promote language access and improve governmental data collection for the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. “This unprecedented plan builds on the administration’s broader equity agenda,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during Tuesday’s press briefing. Pew Research Center […]

Georgia lawmakers plan to ease path to occupational license for workers with criminal records

BY: - January 11, 2023

Dozens of job opportunities might open up for people with criminal records if a legislative push successfully removes barriers for professional licenses that are required for one out of every seven jobs in Georgia. Georgia Justice Project’s criminal justice reform efforts are targeting the occupational licensing process that prospective employees must go through to work […]

Georgia lawmakers plan to push for higher police pay, improved retirement benefits in 2023 Legislature

BY: - January 3, 2023

A quick survey of the salaries for police officers in rural southwest Georgia found that some officers started off earning $12.70 per hour, providing further insight into why so many local law enforcement agencies are struggling to recruit new personnel and keep experienced officers on staff. In a fall meeting a panel of state lawmakers, […]

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at Georgia ICE facility, U.S. Senate report finds

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel on Tuesday grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were detained at Irwin […]

FBI confirms a single juvenile suspect behind most bomb threats to dozens of HBCUs

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The FBI has officially announced that a single minor youth is the main suspect in most racially motivated bomb threats to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities earlier this year that terrorized students. The FBI in a statement on Monday did not release any further details — only that the individual is under 18 […]

Supreme Court rejects Lindsey Graham’s bid to avoid Fulton grand jury’s 2020 election probe

BY: - November 1, 2022

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham will have to testify before a Fulton County special grand jury investigating 2020 election interference after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected his attempt to quash the subpoena.  The Supreme Court’s unsigned decision sets up a scheduled Nov. 17 showdown – which would be the latest trip to Georgia […]

Man who attacked Speaker Pelosi’s husband wanted to break ‘her kneecaps,’ DOJ says

BY: - October 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday announced federal charges against the man who allegedly broke into U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home and attacked her 82-year-old husband with a hammer. If convicted, David DePape could receive up to 50 years in prison. The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s complaint and affidavit into the […]

Paul Pelosi, U.S. House speaker’s husband, attacked inside their San Francisco home

BY: - October 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was recovering in the hospital Friday morning after a man in his 40s broke into their San Francisco home in the early morning and “violently assaulted” the 82-year-old, according to a statement from spokesman Drew Hammill. Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who has a U.S. […]