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Where is the wave of evictions experts predicted? 'Too early to say'

Experts and advocates predicted a wave of evictions once moratoriums lifted. That has not panned out locally, at least not yet.

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CHOP PolicyLab predicts COVID-19 resurgence in the region

A public health research center in Philadelphia is predicting a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the region.

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Strategic Fund: by the numbers

The Strategic Fund awards loans and grants to support existing Delaware businesses and attract new ones. Since January 2009, the bulk of the fund went to two recipients, Fisker Automotive and PBF Energy, to rescue jobs from devastating plant closures. How much went to support smaller businesses?

The manner in which our laws in Delaware have treated those convicted of crimes against the state and public have progressed from uncaring and punitive to an increasing understanding there is merit in encouraging redemptive changes within the individual who commits a crime. Thus it becomes suitable for the judicial system that punishes to be the instrument of government that also can work toward rehabilitation of the offender.

During the nationwide get-tough-on-crime mood of the 1980s, Delaware legislators reined in judges’ sentencing authority on certain drug crimes, perceiving judges’ rulings to be often arbitrary, inconsistent, or too soft.

Two decades later, the mood and the policy priorities have changed—in Delaware and around the country.

Faced with the high prison costs and modern law-enforcement needs, the General Assembly is revisiting the state’s drug code and attempting another major overhaul of the penalties for drug sales and possession.

“I just see miracles all the time,” Dagsboro psychotherapist Lee Dogoloff says about his work with drug offenders in rehabilitation. “Not everybody makes it, but more make it than don’t make it.”

Efforts to revise drug laws can crash on the rocks of party politics and passionate views about how to deal with drug offenders. Proposals to provide alternative sentencing meet criticisms of coddling addicts or being soft on crime.

So in an election year, with political eddies around every corner, how did consensus coalesce around a bill to roll back mandatory minimum drug sentencing in Delaware?

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