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.
During a pandemic, prisons are deadly. The nature of confinement makes it almost impossible for people to practice social distancing
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.
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.
“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."
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.
"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."
Pennsylvania is the only state in the country that doesn’t allocate general funds for indigent defense.
“Philadelphia has not put in the necessary resources to deal with violence on the community level — it just hasn’t,” one advocate said.
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.