Ohio Wants to Make Arming Teachers Easier
Only a few days after the tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Ohio lawmakers passed legislation that will reduce the amount of firearm training needed for a teacher or school staff member to legally carry a firearm in a school building.
Currently, school personnel seeking to possess a firearm while on school grounds must undergo over 700 hours of training, equivalent to that of a peace officer. However, under HB 99, the Department of Public Safety would develop training curriculum for interested staff, with initial trainings taking less than 24 hours to complete. Individual school boards would be allowed to demand additional hours of training.
For more information, check out the linked article by the Columbus Dispatch.
'Prison Pandemic Papers' Highlight Some of the Struggles Canadian Correctional Facilities Faced During COVID
Through a joint collaboration between the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the Centre for Access to Information and Justice, and the Criminalization and Punishment Education Project, the "Prison Pandemic Papers" report represents the end result of myriad FOIA requests of jails and prisons throughout Canada.
The collected documents showcase accounts of facilities struggling to secure necessary PPE supplies, navigating through staffing shortages, and a concentrated transition to releasing various offenders from detention in an attempt to mitigate the virus from spreading amongst congested holding cells.
Some of the report's creators hope the accounts will help policymakers better understand the extent the COVID-19 pandemic had on correctional facilities, and will motivate more of a transition to community-based rehabilitation.
For more information and to access the report's documents, check out the linked article by CTV News.
Iowa Lawmakers Add Criminal Charges to Elder Abuse
Before SF 522, elder abuse was a strictly civil offense in Iowa. Now, incidents of assault, theft, and financial exploitation will soon carry criminal charges — including fines and prison sentences of up to 25 years.
According to data reported by the Iowa Department of Human Services, between early-2020 and mid-2021, Iowa reported a 37% increase in cases of abuse against dependent adults. Additionally, the National Council on Aging states elder abuse affects at least 10% of people aged 60+ years.
For more information, check out the linked article by the Des Moines Register.
New Provisions in Kansas Policing Standards Hope to Address Out-of-State Arrests and Hiring Deceptions
The Kansas Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training is pursing provisional changes to require Kansas law enforcement to self-report instances when they are arrested out-of-state. Officers would have 10 days to report to the Commission instances in which they were arrested or charged while traveling outside of Kansas.
Commission Executive Director Doug Schroeder told lawmakers there is currently not a widespread problem of officers being arrested while on, for example, vacation, but that there is a loophole that prevents requiring an officer to report an arrest to the Commission. The Commission is also looking to make another administrative change that would consider making a false or deceptive statement during the hiring process "unprofessional conduct".
For more information, check out the linked article by the Topeka Capital-Journal.