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Human Trafficking Human trafficking is the buying, selling and smuggling of people to profit from their forced labor or sexual servitude. While every state criminalizes at least some trafficking activity, lawmakers continue to explore new methods to combat traffickers and provide support for victims.
More State Policies Affecting Local Jails A growing number of criminal justice reforms impact how local criminal justice systems operate. More Mental Health Needs in the Criminal Justice System An important and intersecting area of criminal justice and health policy is how to better handle persons with a mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system.
More Law Enforcement Law enforcement agencies are charged with preventing crime and ensuring public safety while respecting the rights and liberties of the communities they serve.
Recent state legislative actions have focused on maintaining an appropriate balance of those interests and improving the relationship law enforcement has with the general public. More Drug Crime Policy Criminal drug policy is an important and perennial issue for state legislatures.
Recently, lawmakers have re-examined their approach to certain drug crimes. More Alternatives to Incarceration and Juvenile Detention Reform A growing number of states are re-examining and amending juvenile detention policies to reduce unnecessary reliance on secure confinement.
More Civil and Constitutional Law Protecting our civil and constitutional rights are as important now as ever before.
States are examining ways to protect religious freedom, the application of foreign law in state courts, and a number of other issues related to our civil rights. More Child Support and Incarceration Generally, incarcerated parents come in contact with a child support program in one of two ways.
Either they are incarcerated for non-compliance with a child support order, or they are in prison for an unrelated offense and they have an open child support case.We are pleased to continue our Hot Topics in Education Webinar Series in These monthly programs will feature legal updates and discussions of pressing issues affecting colleges and universities.
Medical coding hot topics help medical coders and billers, physicians, compliance officers, and other healthcare professionals elevate their skills and sustain professional excellence. The September/October issue previews state legislative elections and what voters will face on statewide ballot measures.
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