- The Department of Justice ruled in favor of a new law that the state's inmates be counted in their hometowns, not where they are incarcerated, for the purposes of redistricting. Meanwhile, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asked the State Supreme Court to dismiss the GOP's suit seeking to overturn the law.
- The Gotham Gazette reported this week that Assemblyman Karim Camara would soon introduce a bill to give New York City control over where youths in the juvenile justice system are detained.
- The state court system laid off 367 employees this week, as part of a $170 million budget cut.
- The State Senate voted in favor of a bill that would create a registry of anyone convicted of a violent felony. The bill remains in committee in the Assembly, however.
- Facing new requirements under the healthcare reform, many nursing homes and home care agencies have begun lobbying for an exemption because of the cost.
- In other healthcare reform news, the Urban Institute released a report this week on a potential plan for implementation, "A Five-Part Strategy for Reaching the Eligible Uninsured."
- Illinois' increasing prison population is forcing some inmates to wait years for substance abuse treatment programs, according to a report by the John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group.
- In Maryland, plans for a youth jail are shrinking after a report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency showed that arrests were projected to decline.