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Emma Coleman

Emma Coleman
Emma Coleman is the assistant editor at Route Fifty. Prior to joining Route Fifty, Emma was the senior communications manager and a policy fellow for New America’s Public Interest Technology initiative, where her research focused on data improvements to the reentry process for people returning to D.C. after incarceration. She holds a BA from Stanford University in international relations and comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and is originally from Chicago.
Management

Florida AG Calls for Probe of Push to Help People Vote by Paying Off Criminal Debts

After Mike Bloomberg raised $16 million to help people with criminal records vote in the state, some officials said the billionaire is “buying votes” for Joe Biden.

Public Safety

Plea Bargaining Needs to be More Transparent, Report Argues

Widespread plea bargaining in the criminal justice system may be fueling racial inequities and leading innocent people to plead guilty, says a new report from the Vera Institute of Justice.

Public Safety

Millions Raised to Pay off Debts so Floridians with Criminal Records Can Vote

The money, partially raised by Mike Bloomberg, will go towards paying off the court fines and fees of thousands of people with criminal records, allowing them to vote in the upcoming election.

Tech & Data

Predicting Coronavirus Outbreaks Using Google Searches for Gastrointestinal Problems

New research found that Google searches for symptoms associated with the coronavirus might be able to predict outbreaks before positive test results confirm them.

Management

How Local Governments Can Get Feedback From a More Diverse Range of Residents

Participation in local government often skews heavily toward white residents, elderly people, and homeowners.

Management

California School Districts Considering How Much Covid Testing to Require to Reopen

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Mayors on Gulf Coast agree climate change affecting hurricanes … St. Paul, Minnesota move on basic income proposal … Louisville city council passes “no confidence” measure about mayor.

Public Safety

Tennessee Using Federal Coronavirus Funds for Police Training

The state will spend $300,000 of its federal funding to assist local police agencies in training new recruits.

Health & Human Services

CDC Officials Say Agency Didn’t Write Controversial Covid Testing Guidance, Report Says

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | People in flooded Florida neighborhoods waited for rescue on Thursday, the day after Hurricane Sally slammed coast … Salt Lake City considers new restrictions on military equipment purchases by police … Attorney General Bill Barr reportedly suggested prosecutors charge Seattle mayor.

Finance

Young People Fueling a Pandemic Rise in Freelancing, Report Says

A survey of American workers revealed that young people between ages 18 to 22 are increasingly picking up freelancing.

Management

Hawaiian Island Can Create ‘Resort Bubbles’ for Quarantined Visitors

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | People in Alabama and Florida dealing with ‘historic and catastrophic’ flooding … Vermont governor vetoes climate legislation … Minnesota governor asks presidential candidates to follow Covid precautions.

Public Safety

California Opens a Path to Professional Firefighting for Formerly Incarcerated People

In California, many wildfires are fought by incarcerated people trained to be firefighters. Their criminal records barred them from continuing in the field after release—until now.

Public Safety

Death Toll Rises as Wildfires Burn Across West Coast

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A federal appeals court says ex-felons will need to pay fines and restitution before they can get their voting rights back … Minneapolis City Council balks at temporary police precinct … Des Moines schools start virtual in violation of state order.

Management

The Question of Who Will Appear on the Wisconsin Presidential Ballot is Still Up in the Air

Both the Green Party candidate and rapper Kanye West are fighting to appear on the ballot in a state expected to see razor thin margins during the 2020 presidential election.

Management

University of Texas Student Football Fans Will Be Tested Before Saturday Game

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Mosquito swarms that increased after Hurricane Laura are attacking Louisiana livestock … Richmond, Virginia city council votes to ban open carrying of firearms in public spaces … Controversy over South Dakota tourism ads.

Management

Vermont Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Citizens to Sue the State if Climate Change Goals Aren’t Met

Lawmakers say that the bill “ensures accountability” for the government to meet carbon emission reduction goals in a timely manner. But Republican Gov. Phil Scott is skeptical of the litigation provision.

Management

Wildfires in Oregon and Washington Consume Small Towns, While Paradise in California Again Threatened

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Arizona school system putting as many as 70 students in virtual classrooms … Pennsylvania officials warn voters about robocalls with misinformation … Georgia could investigate people who voted twice in primaries.

Management

Cyberattacks Threaten Unprepared Virtual Schools

Remote learning means that schools and their students are spending more time online. Cybersecurity awareness needs to be a key piece of successful virtual classrooms.

Public Safety

Rochester Police Leaders Step Down Over Handling of Daniel Prude Death

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Prisoners extorting Alabama prison inmates’ family members … San Francisco mayor condemns Burning Man beach gathering … Colorado AG launches airline investigation.

Management

State Attorneys General Urge People Not to Vote Twice

Following a suggestion from the president that voters test whether their mail-in votes were counted by casting another at the polls, state attorneys general are begging voters not to follow the advice.

Management

California Wildfire Sparked by Gender Reveal at Park

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | People in hurricane-devastated Louisiana feel forgotten … Officers suspended in death of Rochester, New York man while in police custody … Nevada governor ponders allowing bigger religious gatherings.