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  • Published: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 16:55:25 +0000
    United Nations Agency Criticizes Carbon Offsets - by Lisa Song The United Nations drew attention this week for an article published by its environment program that criticized carbon offsets, a strategy the UN has supported for two decades. The headline: “Carbon offsets are not our get-out-of-jail free card.” It came three weeks after ProPublica published a widely discussed investigation into how offsets related to forest preservation have not prov... [read more]

  • Published: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 09:00:00 +0000
    How to Clean Up the “Hot Mess” That Is Chicago’s Ticketing and Debt Collection Practices — According to a City Task Force - by Logan Jaffe Hello, again! How are you, Illinois? Let’s talk about tickets. This week, a task force examining Chicago’s ticketing and debt collection practices released its recommendations for reform. The task force, officially called the Chicago Fines, Fees & Access Collaborative, is made up of aldermen, city department heads and community advocates. It was launched by City Clerk Anna Valenc... [read more]

  • Published: Thu, 13 Jun 2019 12:00:00 +0000
    There Has Been an Explosion of Homicides in California’s County Jails. Here’s Why. - by Jason Pohl, The Sacramento Bee, and Ryan Gabrielson, ProPublica Deadly violence has surged in county jails across California since the state began sending thousands of inmates to local lockups instead of prisons, the result of a dramatic criminal justice transformation that left many sheriffs ill-equipped to handle a new and dangerous population. Since 2011, when the U.S. Supreme Court ordered Calif... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0000
    Wasted Funds, Destroyed Property: How Sheriffs Undermined Their Successors After Losing Reelection - by Connor Sheets, Shortly after Phil Sims became the sheriff of Marshall County, Alabama, at 12 a.m. on Jan. 14, he found a cardboard box in a storage closet containing five government-issued smartphones, each with multiple holes drilled clear through them. It was the first time Sims had been allowed to enter the sheriff’s office, a red-brick building overlooking Lake Guntersville, a foggy bas... [read more]

  • Published: Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:00:00 +0000
    How Nine Sheriffs Who Lost Reelection Made Life Harder for Their Successors - by Connor Sheets, Last year, 10 Alabama sheriffs lost their reelection campaigns. Afterward, nine of them took steps that their successors say negatively affected their ability to perform their new jobs. Some of the new sheriffs, who took office on Jan. 14, accused their predecessors of pocketing sheriff’s office funds or purchasing thousands of dollars of items the new sheriffs described as w... [read more]

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