- Governor Cuomo has put a hold on the first round of layoff notices that were scheduled to go out this week after tentative contract agreement with the Civil Service Employees Union.
- As the state transitions Medicaid recipients’ prescription-drug benefits from fee-for-service to managed-care plans, advocates for people with psychiatric disabilities and major medical illnesses like HIV/AIDS are pushing for legislation that would give recipients more time to make the transition from medication that is not on preferred-drug lists.
- As the HIV/AIDS epidemic marks its 30th year, the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that there is a declining sense of national urgency and visibility of HIV/AIDS, and that many Americans still hold attitudes that may stigmatize people living with the disease.
- In related HIV news, the World Health Organization urged governments this week to to eliminate laws criminalizing sexual activity between consenting men in order to increase access to prevention and treatment.
- According to a new survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation, residents of Washington, DC, see HIV/AIDS as the city's most urgent health problem.
- Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is moving to start a collaboration with faith-based groups to help inmates succeed when they are released from prison.
- Two new reports raise questions about the progress made in Los Angeles County’s troubled juvenile probation system since Department of Justice demanded changes in a 2008 settlement.
- A report released Wednesday by the Justice Policy Institute examines the ways that private prison companies have benefited from a 353.7 percent increase in the populations they house -- and alleges that the companies themselves have helped fuel the increase through their influence over legislators and policy.
- Formerly incarcerated people who have been placed in jobs have lower recidivism rates, according to a new study by the U.S. Department of Labor.