Local sheriffs across America are voicing concern for the safety of the citizens they’ve sworn to protect after the biggest one-time release of federal inmates in U.S. history — though advocates of criminal justice reform maintain the release is being handled responsibly. The 6,112 inmates were released from federal prison at the beginning of November in response to a decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to reduce sentences for most drug trafficking offenses and apply them retroactively.
But the mass release raises immediate practical questions about how the ex-inmates can adjust.
Worker contributions to health care costs continue to shoot up–The average health care rate increase for companies was 3.2% this year, the lowest since they started tracking it in 1996. Despite this, the average amount workers have to contribute toward their health care is up more than 134% over the past ten years.
A fast-moving storm system dropped both snow and rain over portions of the Midwest yesterday, strong winds that flipped semitrailers, damaged industrial park buildings and downed power lines in parts of Iowa and Nebraska. National Weather Service said the system, which began Tuesday around Utah and moved eastward into the country’s midsection, dumped more than a foot of snow on the Rockies before creating conditions ripe for tornadoes. Thankfully, there ended up being no tornadoes and they say the worst is now over.
US Army Captain Florent Groberg will be awarded the Medal of Honor after having saved his commander and others from suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
Texas is known for providing some of the best benefits to veterans in the country. The Hazlewood Act gives qualified veterans up to 150 hours of free tuition, but some say it’s putting a big strain on public universities. The cost may be too great in the future for the state to fund it. Many lawmakers believe they must reform Hazlewood in order to save it.
Hundreds of people came to a red carpet premier of the movie My All American. The movie tells the story of Freddie Steinmark, a safety for the Longhorns 1969 championship team. Just two years laoter, he lost his life to bone cancer. The movie was financed by UT alumni who want4ed to make sure the script followed the true story. My All American opens tomorrow.