Oklahoma's rate of incarcerating women is the highest in the US and more than double the average. Pushback is coming from reformers who decry the destabilizing effect on families, as well as fiscal conservatives alarmed by the rocketing prison bill.
So far, 2017 is on track to have the second-lowest violent crime rate of any year since 1990, according to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice.
After the Trump administration issued a third version of its executive order regarding immigration on Sunday, the Supreme Court justices asked the parties involved to file briefs by Oct. 5.
Though the US Supreme Court justices will hear arguments on President Trump's ban on refugees from six majority Muslim countries in October, the court upheld the Trump administration's order to limit the number of refugees allowed into the country.
DreamHost, an internet hosting company, has been ordered to turn over data records on a website used for organizing an anti-Trump protest during the president's inauguration.
United States District Judge Derrick Watson blocked the third travel ban issued by President Trump hours before it took full effect.
Technology is easing the work of redistricting, and a new US Census is set to trigger a fresh round. That has some clamoring for the court to set boundaries that prevent abuse.
Mali, a British military working dog, gives his handler, Cpl. Daniel Hatley, a lick after receiving the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, for his heroic action in Afghanistan, in London on Nov 17 .
Chicago is the first city to sue the Trump administration over the Department of Justice's threat to punish so-called sanctuary cities, calling the federal government's attempts to force compliance by threatening to cut off funding 'unauthorized and unconstitutional.'
Lawyers representing inmates serving mandatory life for crimes committed as minors say the ban should be taken into consideration during parole review hearings for their clients.
While they are heartened to have a vocal advocate in the White House, eight officers interviewed by the Monitor say they see it as a minor benefit for a profession that is both intensely local and becoming increasingly complex.
A truck driver responsible for the death of 10 illegal immigrants is part of a major immigrant smuggling operation, US officials say.
An investigation revealed hundreds of men from impoverished Southeast Asian and Pacific nations working as fishermen are exempt from basic labor protections due to a federal loophole. Many may make as little as 70 cents an hour.