Civil Rights & Social Justice

The ACLU is taking Pennsylvania’s corrections department to court over copy-and-save legal mail policy

According to the ACLU, "Pennsylvania is the first and still only state prison system in the country to copy and store legal mail."

President Trump says there’s a crisis at the border. The data says something else...

President Donald Trump did an end-run around Congress last week, declaring a national emergency that will enable him to redirect roughly $8 billion from across the government to fund the construction of his much-ballyhooed...

GOP’s Down syndrome bill is a reminder that states are the battleground over abortion...

The invasive bill that Klunk and Turzai want to forcibly deliver into law is most likely unconstitutional, practically unenforceable, and undeniably hypocritical.

This week, a celebration of everything that’s great about being ‘Black in the ‘Burg’...

(*This column has been updated to accurately identify the organization Young Professionals of Color. It was misidentified in an earlier version.)By Anwar Curtis February is Black History Month. I won't bore you with the back...

State lawmakers introduce ‘red flag’ gun bills on anniversary of Parkland shooting

On the one-year anniversary of a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Pennsylvania lawmakers and activists renewed calls for a “red flag” law that would limit firearm access for troubled individuals.Two state senators introduced...

Honoring ‘The Great Migration,’ Pa. state agencies celebrate Black History Month

The event, in the Forum Auditorium, behind the state Capitol, focused on the legacy of "The Great Migration."

Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai will reintroduce Down syndrome abortion ban bill

Pennsylvania's state House Speaker has fired the first shots of 2019's culture war, saying he plans to reintroduce a controversial bill that would ban abortions based on a diagnosis of Down syndrome, even though...

This is what hate and extremism looked like in Pennsylvania last year | The...

Welcome to The Numbers Racket, an occasional Capital-Star feature offering deep, but user-friendly, dives into some important data.

Could this be the year Pennsylvania lawmakers ban LGBTQ discrimination?

As he has for the past two decades, Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, is again looking for lawmakers to support a bill that would ban LGBTQ discrimination statewide.The legislation, nicknamed the Fairness Act, has never...

Pa. can’t be a role model on criminal justice reform if we undermine peoples’...

By Andy HooverElected officials and corrections administrators in Pennsylvania have been doing a bit of a victory lap after the recent announcement that our state prison population dropped by 1,000 people in 2018. On the...