- Testifying on the governor's budget this week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg strongly supported a proposal to move New York City youths convicted of nonviolent crimes from state facilities upstate to more cost-efficient city-run facilities.
- Chief Judge of the State of New York Jonathan Lippman praises a proposal to move juveniles out of the traditional criminal justice system.
- In the ongoing battle over the Affordable Care Act, Lambda Legal has filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of 16 national HIV advocacy organizations in support of the legislation, saying that its expanded Medicaid coverage, elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions, and minimum coverage requirement "directly expand access to health insurance for millions of people living with HIV.”
- Lamba Legal is also urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling against a man who was denied employment by the Atlanta Police Department because of his HIV status.
- The Centers for Disease Control has created an interactive online tool for accessing data on HIV and other communicable diseases.
- The federal Labor Department announced $20.6 million in grants to assist adults with criminal histories who are returning to their communities with services such as job training and employment preparation assistance, mentoring and connections to housing, substance abuse programs and mental health treatment.
- An online offering from AIDSVu maps the HIV epidemic to help healthcare providers understand just how much HIV affects the people in their communities and talk to patients about the importance of getting tested.
- With 48,620 inmates in a system designed for 33,700, Illinois lawmakers are trying to address prison crowding, including alternatives to incarceration.
- A new poll by the Florida TaxWatch Center for Smart Justice and Associated Industries of Florida finds that more than 80% of likely Republican voters in Florida support significant criminal and juvenile justice reform.
- The new acting administrator of the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention faces many challenges, including recent budget cuts.
- In a new partnership, the U.S. Department of Justice and the MacArthur Foundation are offering $2 million in funding to support juvenile justice reform across the country.
- As part of its work on the Essential Health Benefits package, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently provided a list of the three largest small group health plans in each state and the top three nationally available Federal Employee Health Benefit Program plans based on enrollment.