Law & Justice

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Hate crimes across the country were up 17 percent last year, according to the latest data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation out this week.

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On Wednesday, the Malheur Enterprise broke the story that 35 percent of people deemed to be criminally insane in Oregon and then let out of supervised care were charged with new crimes within three years of their release.

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People living in Idaho with cases in immigration court often don’t have a lawyer. The law says they must be notified of organizations that provide free legal services, but until last month the closest place to get representation was in Montana.


Only 25% of Idaho defendants facing deportation proceedings do so with legal counsel. Attorney Maria Andrade recognized this disparity and established Immigration Justice Idaho to provide free and accessible legal aid for people facing charges of immigration violations. Andrade joins us to talk about her work and the equity of justice in immigration courts.

The Trump Administration announced it would pursue drastic changes to the way the government acknowledges sexuality and gender in America, specifically addressing the rights of transgender people in America. Idaho Matters speaks with representatives of the Treasure Valley's transgender community and the Idaho ACLU about these policy proposals.

Novemeber is National Adoption Month and Idaho Matters examines the process with a St. Luke's program director and a parent who has adopted a child.

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Chakanetsa Christopher Matimba has lived in Idaho for nearly 16 years. He came from Zimbabwe on a student visa to study at Idaho State University and he graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Matimba is married and has a son from a previous relationship. In June, he was detained after a deportation retainer was issued after an incident involving the mother of his son in 2007; those charges were dismissed after Matimba completed his probationary term.

A bike, sleeping bag, and cart left ona sidewalk.
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The City of Boise is doubling down on its legal battle to appeal a federal court ruling on an ordinance that bans sleeping in public.




Idaho lawmakers have become critical of the state's mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines as they yield few results in curbing crime and are contributing to the state's bloated prison population. Idaho Matters discusses bipartisan efforts to end to these sentencing guidelines.

It is Pro Bono Week and we speak with the Concordia University School of Law and the Idaho State Bar about this public service.

A Texas federal judge just has declared unconstitutional a decades-old law that aims to keep Native American children within their own communities.

On Friday, an intergovernmental organization hosted a hearing in Boulder, Colorado on the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the U.S. That group faces some of the highest violence and sexual assault rates in the nation.

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Boise Police have a new tool in their crime fighting arsenal: drones. However, the Boise Police Department calls them unmanned aerial vehicles.   The department now has four drones, and four officers have FAA Remote Pilot Certification.

This week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints meets in Salt Lake City for its bi-annual conference. Meanwhile a report in the Salt Lake Tribune says a new lawsuit claims the Church turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children in one of its programs.

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The publisher of a northern Idaho weekly newspaper is being attacked in anonymous robocalls, accusing him of imposing a "leftist agenda" on Sandpoint.