Justice Department will again use private prisons

By Matt Zapotosky February 23 The Justice Department will once again use private prisons to house federal inmates, reversing an Obama-era directive to stop using the facilities, which officials had then deemed less safe and less effective than those run by the government. In a one-paragraph memo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the previous directive …

Marijuana reforms flood state legislatures

By Reid Wilson - 01/13/17 Legislators in more than a dozen states have introduced measures to loosen laws restricting access to or criminalizing marijuana, a rush of legislative activity that supporters hope reflects a newfound willingness by public officials to embrace a trend toward legalization. The gamut covered by measures introduced in the early days …