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  • Maryland governor takes brave step, commutes death sentences

    The Maryland state legislature last year ended the death penalty in that state for all future crimes. This morning, Gov. Martin O’Malley decided to extend that reach to the past and commuted the sentences of the last four people on Maryland’s death row to life without the possibility of parole.
  • A shroud of secrecy around executions: Is this the American way?

    So what should a state do when its executions run into trouble? If you’re Ohio, apparently you try to cloak the process in secrecy. Ohio – like Missouri, Oklahoma and a few other states – has had trouble killing people. Among the...

    October 2013: Amazon workers seek pay for time in security checks

    Workers at Amazon.com warehouses across the country are suing the online retail giant to collect wages for time they spent passing through security checkpoints designed to prevent employee theft. In lawsuits filed in Philadelphia and Luzerne County...

    Mental illness program could transform L.A. County justice system

    Mental illness program could transform L.A. County justice system
    Los Angeles officials announced Wednesday the launch of an alternative sentencing program aimed at diverting mentally ill, low-level offenders from jail into treatment, a project they hope will signal a dramatic shift for the county's criminal justice...

    Palm Beach County jury convicts woman in 2013 murder

    Palm Beach County jury convicts woman in 2013 murder
    Shot in the face, a dazed Kizzie Shanika Styles fell to the ground near a shopping plaza and began praying. "I felt my spirit leave my body," Styles, 36, of Riviera Beach, told a Palm Beach County jury on Monday, the words slurred from the 8-month-old...