Updated Jul 29, 2018

New Koch network project aims to overhaul the criminal justice system

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A project receiving funding from the Koch network aims to help inmates "successfully reintegrate into society," the Washington Post reports.

The details: Dubbed Safe Streets and Second Chances, the project centers around researchers monitoring 1,100 prisoners across four states — Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas — after they are released. The network has been working to overhaul the criminal justice system, and prioritize rehabilitation instead of punishment.

Researchers hope to gain insight from monitoring the released prisoners as they test new ways to help prisoners find "healthy coping and thinking patterns," job opportunities and social engagement, the Post reports.

  • A Koch network donor on the advisory council for the project, Doug Deason, told the Post that the goal is to "prepare prisoners to reenter society and become productive members and taxpaying citizens, hopefully living productive lives and taking care of their families."

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Pro-Trump warrior takes the helm of U.S. intelligence

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By picking Ambassador Richard Grenell to be acting director of national intelligence, President Trump has slotted a pro-Trump warrior into the ultimate apolitical role.

What they're saying: James Clapper, the longest-serving DNI (2010-2017), tells Axios it's "very worrisome installing a partisan with no real intelligence experience in this position."

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers as Israel confirms first case

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship — as Israel confirmed its first case among evacuees from the ship.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 76,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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California's "woman quota" law seems to be working

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When California passed its boardroom law requiring public companies based there to have at least one female director, there were concerns it would spark a gold rush for the same handful of well-known women — but that hasn’t happened.

Why it matters: Of the 138 women who joined all-male California boards last year, 62% are serving on their first company board, per a study by accounting firm KPMG. That means a majority of companies aren't contributing to so-called overboarding in corporate America.