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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

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Trousdale Turner Correctional Center is shown Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Hartsville, Tenn. Tennessee's newest prison has had to halt new admissions after just four months of full operation. A memorandum from a state prison official about the privately run facility says guards there do not have control of the housing units, aren't counting inmates correctly, and are sending them to solitary confinement for no documented reason. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) ** FILE **

Federal government to phase out use of privately run prisons

The Justice Department plans to curtail and eventually end the use of privately run prisons, with officials saying that such facilities do not offer significant cost savings and do not maintain the same level of safety and security as prisons run by the federal government. Published August 18, 2016

A U.S. soldier adjusts his colleague's helmet during a patrol mission in the town of Youssifiyah, Iraq. (Associated Press)

Prison inmates produced defective combat helmets for U.S. soldiers

Federal prison inmates used makeshift hatchets and a screw shoved through a piece of wood among other rudimentary tools to manufacture thousands of faulty Kevlar combat helmets designed to protect the lives of U.S. soldiers on the battlefield, according to a highly critical watchdog report that offered new details about the government boondoggle. Published August 17, 2016

Marijuana grows at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill., on Sept. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

DEA disappoints medical marijuana advocates with refusal to reclassify

The Obama administration has looked the other way as more than a dozen states enacted medical marijuana laws and five jurisdictions legalized the drug for recreational use, but when faced with what was likely its final chance during President Obama's tenure to loosen federal restrictions on the medicinal use of the drug, the administration has chosen to puff, puff, pass. Published August 11, 2016

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer who was murdered in July near his Washington, D.C. home. Image via the late Mr. Rich's LinkedIn profile.

Family of slain DNC staffer calls for end to conspiracy talk

The family of a slain Democratic National Committee staffer is asking the public to stop politicizing the 27-year-old's death, saying the conspiracy theories and speculation spread online are "causing more harm than good." Published August 10, 2016

In this April 29, 2015, file photo, police stand in formation as a curfew approaches in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

DOJ slams Baltimore police for bias, excessive force: 'Deeply eroded' community relations

Baltimore police officers unconstitutionally stopped and searched residents, disproportionately targeted black residents and frequently resorted to physical force during interactions that didn't warrant it -- actions that undermined trust between the department and the community, according to a scathing Justice Department report released Wednesday. Published August 10, 2016

Because John Hinckley Jr. was never convicted of a felony, he has never had his right to vote revoked on those grounds. Mr. Hinckley was sent for mental health treatment after he shot and injured Reagan and three other men in 1981.

Hinckley, Reagan's would-be assassin, likely to cast ballot after settling in Virginia

The conditions of John Hinckley Jr.'s full-time release from a psychiatric hospital after a three-decade long commitment are a laundry list of dos and don'ts meant to help him assimilate into society — he can't own a gun, he must work or volunteer three days a week, and he can't have any overnight guests while staying alone at his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia. Published August 9, 2016

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, hugs his daughters Cailin Young, left, and Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky, right, after he was sentenced outside federal court in Richmond, Va., in this January 2015 file photo.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Federal court puts Maureen McDonnell appeal on hold

A federal appeals court has put on hold former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell's appeal of corruption convictions to give prosecutors and her attorneys more time to analyze the Supreme Court decision that overturned her husband's conviction. Published August 5, 2016

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate in Jefferson City, Mo., on  Jan. 20, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Missouri governor assigned to be public defender on case

The head of Missouri's public defender system has a novel idea to cope with chronic underfunding that he said has left his attorneys overburdened with high caseloads -- he's assigned Gov. Jay Nixon to provide legal aid to the state's poorest criminal defendants. Published August 4, 2016

The legal challenge comes after stun gun bans were thrust into the spotlight in March, when the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a Massachusetts court ruling that had upheld a woman's criminal conviction of carrying a stun gun in violation of a state ban. (Associated Press)

D.C. gun advocates fight to legalize Tasers

Second Amendment advocates are broadening attacks on laws that limit self-defense options, with three D.C. residents suing the District over the city's ban on the possession of stun guns and Tasers. Published August 2, 2016

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton (left) speaks during a news conference in New York's City Hall on Jan. 12, 2016, as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio listens. (Associated Press) **FILE**

NYPD Commissioner Bratton announces resignation

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton announced Tuesday that he will step down from the nation's largest municipal police department in September to take a private sector job -- ending a 45-year career in public service in which he also led police departments in Los Angeles and Boston. Published August 2, 2016

The majority of the 129 officers gunned down were fatally shot by suspects with handguns as they responded to a call or self-deployed, but 27 officers were killed by a rifle, according to a study conducted by the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. (Associated Press)

Police shootings drive hunt for better armor

About 21 percent of the U.S. law enforcement officers fatally shot in the line of duty were killed with high-powered rifles, according to a recent study of officer deaths over a five-year period, bolstering police officials' arguments that officers should be outfitted with equipment like heavy-grade body armor, ballistic shields and helmets that can withstand rifle fire. Published August 1, 2016