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Rhode Island governor announces criminal justice reforms

Jan. 26, 2020 11:28 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to reform the state's criminal justice system through a series of proposals in her budget and administrative actions. The Democratic governor released a nearly $10.2 billion state budget plan this month. The legislature will review the proposals...

Kansas hopes to better help foster kids and families

Jan. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The same kids who end up in trouble with the law often come from families in disarray. Those families, in turn, regularly turn to the state for food assistance, foster care or mental health care. So last week, Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced plans to merge many of the...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Ronald David Guinto appears in a courtroom during the first day of his preliminary hearing at the A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez, Calif. Guinto's twelve former students, who he was convicted of sexually abusing when he was their teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school, will receive a combined $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit against the school, an attorney said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Guinto, 38, is serving a 931-year sentence after being convicted in 2017 of molesting 15 boys when he was their teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond and ran a youth program. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group via AP, File)

Child molester victims to get nearly $11M in settlement

Jan. 23, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Twelve former students of a man convicted of sexually abusing them when he was their teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school will receive a combined $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit against the school, an attorney said. Ronald David Guinto, 38, is serving a 931-year sentence...

Michelle Carter leaves the Bristol County jail, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Dartmouth, Mass., after serving most of a 15-month manslaughter sentence for urging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in 2014. The 23-year-old, released three months early for good behavior, will serve five years of probation. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Michelle Carter, of texting suicide case, freed from jail

Jan. 23, 2020 2:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Michelle Carter, the woman convicted of manslaughter for urging her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in text messages that included, "Just do it, babe," was released from jail Thursday after more than three months was shaved from her sentence for good behavior. Carter, 23, walked out of the...

Florida school shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz speaks with one of his defense attorneys, Gabe Ermine, before a hearing at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Florida school shooting trauma affects young witness

Jan. 22, 2020 11:10 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A young student who witnessed the 2018 massacre at a Florida high school is still too traumatized by the experience to give a formal statement and possibly testify at trial, her lawyer said Wednesday. Attorney Jay Cohen said the 17-year-old girl is still in mental health...

Police: juvenile arrested on gun, drug charges

Jan. 21, 2020 3:15 PM EST

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, say they've arrested a juvenile on gun and drug charges. Police said on Friday, a person reported that a student had brought a gun to Manchester West High School. Police also heard that the student may have large quantities of marijuana. Police...

Weber County sent 4 juveniles to Utah State Prison last year

Jan. 20, 2020 11:14 AM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A 17-year-old boy walked into an Ogden courtroom on a sunny June day, shackled and wearing a Weber County Jail uniform. Facing adult charges and prison time, Mario Segura asked the judge for another chance. “Once you’re in the adult system there’s no way of getting...

‘In two days, I saw the transformation in these kids’ lives’

Jan. 19, 2020 3:01 AM EST

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Briana Uoysse is used to auditioning. A classically trained violinist, the 13-year-old successfully tried out for the Bak Middle School of the Arts in 2017 and is preparing to do the same to win a spot at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts for high school. But all that didn’t...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Roberto Alvim, director of theater, dance and opera at the Brazil's National Arts Foundation, poses for pictures in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion, with Alvim being the driving force behind the initiative. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments

Jan. 17, 2020 9:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him...

Ex-youth center counselor's lawyer sees greed behind charges

Jan. 17, 2020 5:44 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy at New Hampshire's state-run youth detention center in the 1990s said Friday the allegations are motivated by “money and greed.” Stephen Murphy, 50, was charged in July with 26 counts of rape. He and...