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The deaths of several soldiers at Fort Hood, including Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, who was sexually harassed by a supervisor before being killed by another soldier in 2020, spurred calls to reform the military justice system.

More than a year has passed since Congress adopted reforms that promised to overhaul the U.S. military justice system - however, the reforms, which will not go into effect until the end of this year, may have created additional challenges. Read more»

Congress last year overhauled much of the military justice system, stripping commanders of the power to decide whether or not to prosecute some felony-level crimes, including sexual assault. Amid pushback from military leaders, lawmakers allowed commanders to retain numerous powers, including the ability to place a service member in pretrial confinement.

Efforts are underway to examine the military’s pretrial confinement system, after reports that soldiers accused of sexual assault are less than half as likely to be placed in pretrial confinement than those accused of other crimes. Read more»

Homelessness was at crisis levels in the United States. COVID-19 has put this already vulnerable population even more at risk. Read more»