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NCSL Participates in the Safety and Justice Challenge’s Moving Forward Together Virtual Network Meeting

Participants in the Safety and Justice Challenge’s Moving Forward Together virtual network meeting June 30 discussed how recent state legislative actions and trends demonstrates legislative interest and momentum in the direction of local justice and jail reform.

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In a per curiam (unauthored) opinion in Lombardo v. City of St. Louis, Missouri the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Eighth Circuit to decide again whether police officers used excessive force when restraining Nicholas Gilbert on his stomach for 15-minutes and/or should receive qualified immunity.

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SCOTUS Adopts Case-by-Case Approach to Warrantless Pursuit of Fleeing Misdemeanants Into Home

In Lange v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court held that pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanor suspect does not always justify entry into a home without a warrant.

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In United States v. Cooley the U.S. Supreme Court held unanimously that an Indian tribe police officer may temporarily detain and search a non-Indian on a public right-of-way that runs through an Indian reservation, based on a suspected violation of state or federal law.

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NCSL Co-Hosts Hill Briefing on Policing

As Congress grapples with federal policing reform legislation, NCSL was joined by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) for a briefing on policing issues in the states.

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SCOTUS Clarifies Sentencing Juvenile Homicide Offenders to Life in Prison Without Parole

In Jones v. Mississippi the U.S. Supreme Court held 6-3 that sentencing a juvenile convicted of homicide to life without parole doesn’t require a separate factual finding of permanent incorrigibility or an on-the-record explanation with an implicit finding of permanent incorrigibility.

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SCOTUS to Decide When State Attorneys General May Intervene in Appellate Litigation

In Cameron v. EMW Women’s Surgical Center the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether an attorney general should be permitted to intervene in a lawsuit after a federal court of appeals invalidates a state statute when no other state actor will defend the law. 

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 Supreme Court Rules Against Police Officers in Fourth Amendment Case 

In a 5-3 decision in Torres v. Madrid the U.S. Supreme Court held that a person may be “seized” by a police officer per the Fourth Amendment even if the person gets away.

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Virginia Becomes 23rd State to Abolish Capital Punishment

Virginia is the 23rd state to abolish capital punishment.

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According to state court data, approximately 20 million civil lawsuits are filed each year. Debt collection represents 1 in 4 of these cases and 70% of debt collection hearings result in default judgments in favor of the plaintiffs filing these lawsuits. 

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.