- Amid the continuing debate over healthcare reform, several reports with conflicting conclusions about the law's impact have been released this month.
- Speaking to the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference this week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of the need for the nation's juvenile justice system to "transition from a prosecution-and-punishment model to a prevention-and-intervention paradigm."
- Nevada legislators are considering a bill that would give judges the discretion to put certain offenders into intense drug or alcohol addiction treatment instead of sentencing them to prison terms, which could save the state millions of dollars a year.
- The budget proposed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett increases funding for prisons and other corrections programs, while making deep cuts to other areas, like education.
- In Minnesota, legislators have introduced a bill that would create the state's first public education campaign about HIV/AIDS, both to inform the public and to destigmatize the disease.
- As Florida lawmakers contemplate cutting $500 million, or two-thirds, of the state's mental health funding, Gov. Rick Scott taken the opposite stance, leaving that funding intact in his budget plan.
- The Wall Street Journal and the Huffington Post explored on the growing number of states moving away from the long prison sentences of the "war on drugs" and toward treatment.