Public Safety

Converted Texas Prison Gets First Immigrant Detainees

Border-crossing immigrants are being arrested by Texas troopers on state charges like trespassing, and they’re starting to trickle into a prison emptied to house them.

Some State and Local Employees Aren’t Getting Vaccinated Because They Don’t Trust Government

Most workers report they are fully vaccinated, but a surprisingly large percentage have no intention of getting the vaccine.

Can Greg Abbott Actually Build Trump's Border Wall?

The governor wants to finish the wall that Donald Trump began on the Texas-Mexico border, but he'll have to overcome the same hurdles that impeded the ex-president's efforts.

Drowning Prevention Could Get a Boost in Federal Budget

About 4,000 Americans drown every year, but an expected infusion of federal money could help states take action to lower that number.

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New Tools Help State and Local Governments Battle Ransomware, Other Big Disasters

When governments find themselves being ransomed, their choices are typically to pay, which will undercut their ability to deliver key services to their communities due to budget restrictions, or not pay, resulting in the immediate inability to serve their communities and the loss of key data that will inevitably plague them for years afterwards.

Lack of Federal Firefighters Hurts California Wildfire Response

Roughly a third of all federal firefighters work in California, where more than 142,447 acres have burned this year.

Cops Scramble to Deal With Deadly Road Rage During Pandemic

Police in some areas say they’ve seen road rage incidents spike during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DOJ to Help Rural and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies Buy Body-Worn Cameras

The $7.65 million competitive grants program will also help agencies with fewer than 50 personnel.

Maine Has a Dangerous, Small, and Very Itchy Problem

Climate change is keeping temperatures higher in the fall, setting up browntail-moth caterpillars to boom in summer.

Rural Ambulance Services Are in Jeopardy as Volunteers Age and Expenses Mount

Experts say rural communities must find new models to keep emergency services afloat as more 911 calls go unanswered.

Low-Income People of Color Bear Brunt of Rising Pedestrian Deaths

Pedestrians deaths have soared in Texas and nationwide in recent years, especially in low-income communities of color.

Condo Buildings Are at Risk. So Is All Real Estate.

COMMENTARY | The disaster in Surfside, Florida, focuses attention on condominiums’ flaws, but all forms of property ownership carry the potential for ugly surprises.

Over 100 Fire Scientists Urge the US West: Skip the Fireworks This Record-Dry 4th of July

COMMENTARY | In heat and drought like the western U.S. and Canada are experiencing in 2021, all it takes is a spark to start a wildfire.

Florida Condo Collapse – Searching for Answers About What Went Wrong in Surfside Can Improve Building Regulation

When a building collapses, finding out what caused the failure is critical so that engineers can suggest updates to building codes, specifications and regulations and prevent future disasters.

Police Recruitment is Down. How One State is Partnering to Boost the Ranks

Ohio’s Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment is launching a pilot program at two universities that guarantees criminal justice graduates jobs in local law enforcement.

Top 10 States With the Worst Drivers

An analysis shows that the worst drivers are mainly in the middle of the country, and that drivers in those states haven't lowered their accident rates during the past few years.

The Authoritarian Instincts of Police Unions

COMMENTARY | They condition their members to see themselves as soldiers at war with the public they are meant to serve, and above the laws they are meant to enforce.

Post-Insurrection, States Balance Capitol Security, Openness

Dissatisfaction with democracy could lead to further attacks at state capitols.

Lifetime Registry for Sex Offenders is Unconstitutional, a State Supreme Court Rules

Calling South Carolina’s law “the most stringent in the country,” the unanimous ruling requires the General Assembly to amend the policy within 12 months.

Report: Violent Crime Up in Major US Cities Since Covid-19 Pandemic Began

But overall crime rates are lower when compared to prior years, according to a report by the National Commission on Covid-19 and Criminal Justice.

States Look to Ban Police From Lying During Interrogations

Lawmakers in Illinois approved legislation that would prohibit police from lying to minors during interrogations, and similar proposals are underway in other states.