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Percentage of women in state policing has stalled since 2000

An analysis finds that nationally, just 7% of sworn state troopers are female - a tiny gain from 2000, when the average female makeup of state police troopers was 6% - and overall, women make up less than 13% of full-time police officers in the United States.... Read more»0

COVID froze prison visits, spotlighting high cost of phone calls

The prison telecommunication industry generates an estimated $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and many states and localities rake in millions each year from commissions, a fact highlighted by the pandemic and an issue activists and some prisons are working to change. ... Read more»0

States fail to prioritize homeless people for vaccines

At least 20 states don’t include people living in homeless shelters in their vaccine distribution plans, according to the National Academy for State Health Policy. Few state plans even mention homeless people not in shelters and some states that did prioritize shelter residents in early plans changed tack, moving them further down the list.... Read more»0