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PNS Daily Newscast - April 19, 2018 


A contentious Farm Bill heads to U.S. House for debate. Also on our rundown: gaps cited in protections for small-business employees and nonprofit volunteers; plus power out for much of Puerto Rico; and some warning signs, that increased youth activism may not correspond to voter turnout.

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Public News Service - CT: Human Rights/Racial Justice

SB 13 would ensure incarcerated women’s access to support before, during and after childbirth. (TryJimmy/Pixabay)

HARTFORD, Conn. – After a woman gave birth in her Connecticut prison cell, civil rights advocates want legislation to ensure respect for incarcerated women's health, dignity and human rights. The delivery happened last month without medical assistance in the York Correctional Institution in

Advocates for people in prison say the quality of health care in Connecticut prisons is a long-standing issue. (Andrea Sears)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Prisoners’ rights advocates are calling for new legislation to protect inmates’ health, safety and human rights, after a woman gave birth in a Connecticut prison cell. Officials at the York Correctional Institution in Niantic have launched an investigation into

Some police departments did not report racial profiling data until threatened with sanctions. (WestportWiki/Wikimedia Commons)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Civil-liberties advocates want the General Assembly to do more to ensure the public can hold police accountable. In 2014, the state passed a law mandating that all police agencies make their complaint forms available online and accept anonymous complaints. But, an ACLU repo

Nationally, African American children are six times more likely to have a parent in jail than are white children. (Amanda Mills/pixnio.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Mass incarceration of African Americans has contributed significantly to the racial achievement gap in the nation's schools, according to a recent report. The so-called war on drugs vastly expanded the U.S. prison population. But while African Americans are no more likely to sel

Mental health experts say prolonged isolation can worsen and even cause mental illness. (jmiller291/Flickr)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers and advocates for people in prison on Tuesday are bringing a replica of a solitary confinement cell to the State Capitol as they call for reform legislation. Their point is that solitary confinement can worsen or even cause mental illness, and that prolonged isola

530 refugees, more than half from Syria, were resettled in Connecticut last year. (USAID)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – An organization that resettles refugees in Connecticut says President Trump's order halting the process has impacts beyond those detained on arrival. The executive order, signed late Friday, sparked a weekend of protests as immigrants and refugees with valid visas were detai

Conn. is starting to consider age at the time of the offense in parole hearings.  (Dieter_G/pixabay.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - U.S. Supreme Court rulings have made prisoners sentenced to life without parole as juveniles eligible for release, but a new report said very few are being granted parole. "False Hope," a national report from the ACLU, found that across the country parole boards rarely consider the

The U.S. vetting process for refugees is the most rigorous in the world. (USMC/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Organizations that help resettle people fleeing war and repression are concerned that President-elect Donald Trump's statements on refugees are out of touch with reality. Citing fears of terrorism, Trump has said he will temporarily halt resettlement of Syrian refugees and i

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