Criminal Justice

Pgh advocates gather 65K signatures for no-knock warrant ban and solitary confinement limit ballot...

Pittsburgh City Council has also shown support for a no-knock warrant ban, and has introduced legislation to ban Pittsburgh Police officers from doing that practice.

Gov. Wolf can — and must — save the lives of our incarcerated loved...

During a pandemic, prisons are deadly. The nature of confinement makes it almost impossible for people to practice social distancing

Intimate partner violence, Pa.’s silent pandemic, can be silent no longer | Fletcher McClellan...

By failing to recognize the short- and long-term effects the coronavirus pandemic poses to vulnerable populations, state and county governments in Pennsylvania have reinforced a silent pandemic of domestic violence.    

Protesters seeking justice, reform ask “Where is the love?” on Valentine’s Day in Lancaster

Marchers called for reforms to law enforcement and the county's prison system, they also handed out food and winter clothing to people experiencing homelessness.

Former Pa. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, who ‘cared about justice above partisanship,’ dies at age...

“It is counterintuitive,” he said in 2018. “You'd think tough on crime is the way to go and you'd have lower crime rates, but it didn't happen."

Amid harsh winter for the pandemic, advocates, lawmakers pressure Wolf to release more from...

Thirty Democratic members of the state House and Senate wrote to Wolf on Monday urging him to use reprieve powers to cull the state’s prison population.

Philly Police Commissioner Outlaw talks the good, bad, and ugly of her first year

"There’s almost like an expectation of perfection of me. There’s no perfect being. And just be asked something like that is — I don’t know. Pick one."

Pa.’s criminal justice system is still rigged against the poor. Wolf’s call for indigent...

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that doesn’t allocate general funds for indigent defense.

Philly community advocates, Black clergy weigh in on police Commish Outlaw’s first year

“Philadelphia has not put in the necessary resources to deal with violence on the community level — it just hasn’t,” one advocate said.

Top Pa. election official Boockvar to step down after error delays sex abuse reform

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Monday that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar would leave her post Friday, Feb. 5 after her agency failed to notify the public of a a proposed change to Pennsylvania’s constitution: an amendment that would give victims of child sexual abuse a two-year retroactive window to sue perpetrators in decades-old cases, which was on track to go before voters this year.