GOVERNING.COM, APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
No matter how tight the food budget, you can always find ways to cut corners. The state of Alabama sends counties a paltry $1.75 per day to feed each inmate locked up in jail, but sheriffs often manage to spend a good deal less than that. They have a strong incentive to do so. The sheriffs get to keep whatever they don’t spend, which in some cases has reached well into the six figures. Daily ration money adds up.
WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
Two recent fatal crashes of cars with varying levels of autonomous-driving technology are focusing attention on vehicles that vest control in both humans and machines.
SCPR, 29 MARCH 2018, FEAT. PROF. COLIN MILLER:
In New Hampshire, the senate has overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment known as Marsy’s Law.
If it wins final approval from voters this fall, the amendment would enshrine a list of rights for crime victims into the state constitution. They include the right to be notified of when the accused is released on bail, the right to be heard at sentencing hearings, and the right to reasonable protection from the accused.
SPUTNIK NEWS, 5 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
After four Greenville County Sheriff’s Deputies fatally shot 35-year-old Jermaine Massey on March 19, 2018 the officers were placed on administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation. Unless their actions result in criminal charges, they will remain unnamed.
“While a case is under review and no charges are made, we’re not going to identify a particular officer who had just had to use his service weapon,” Wilkins told Greenville News. “We’re not going to subject him to scrutiny by the public until a case has been vetted and completed.”
Wilkin’s policy makes exceptions for officers whose identities are already exposed, for example, by a bystander’s video of their shooting.
TAMPA BAY TIMES, 2 APRIL 2018, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:
To many, driverless cars still seem a far-off concept, one their grandkids might experience. But state Sen. Jeff Brandes has spent the better half of the past decade making them a reality in Florida.
The St. Petersburg Republican pushed to make the state a leader in autonomous vehicles, starting with legislation in 2012 that made it legal for self-driving cars to operate on Florida’s roads. Bills that followed removed the need for a human to be in the car at all.
HARVARD EDUCATION, 29 MARCH 2018, FEAT. PROF. DEREK BLACK:
Rapid growth in the number of public charter schools, which now serve more than three million students nationwide, has sparked debate over their implications for educational equity. Proponents contend that charters provide an escape valve for low-income, mostly minority students in struggling school districts, while critics allege that charters serve a select few, reinforce racial and economic school segregation, and destabilize urban communities. Some prominent organizations within the civil rights community have called for a moratorium on charter growth. Do charter schools enhance or undermine equity in American education? Should their growth be encouraged or curtailed? Join us as leading educators, policymakers, and researchers come together to debate the charter school movement and its future.
Gov. Henry McMaster on Wednesday nominated Mark Elam (1980) as the next chairman of the South Carolina Board of Health and Environmental Control.
President Donald Trump has nominated Columbia lawyer Sherri Lydon (1987) to be the next U.S. attorney for South Carolina. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Lydon would become the first female U.S. attorney in the state’s history to successfully navigate the White House selection process.
Ellen Adams (1991) has been inducted into the South Carolina chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), America’s largest professional association of top-tier neutrals. Adams is the first female from the state to be selected for membership into this prestigious association.