Criminal Justice

Philly City Council passes police reforms, shelves others for the summer

Legislators passed a bill to reinstate a residency requirement that all city employees, including police officers, live in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to joining the city payroll.

The General Assembly passed a police hiring database and a chokehold ban. But nothing...

The votes on Wednesday afternoon came two weeks after Black Democrats shut down the House of Representatives, demanding action on their stalled legislation.
Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

Changes to landmark Senate bill overhauling Pa.’s probation system costs it support among criminal justice...

The bill aimed to cut costs and and reduce prison populations by reducing the amount of time someone can spend under probation.

In Pittsburgh, advocates want cops out of schools

The message from parents and advocates is simple: Kick out the cops and replace them with counselors, psychologists and social workers.

Philly Council committee advances chokehold ban, measure to make police contract talks public

A City Council committee advanced a pair of police reform proposals prompted by the weeks-long protests over the law enforcement killing of George Floyd.

Equal protection under the law means treating bad cops like any other criminal |...

Equality and fairness in the criminal justice system cannot be achieved if laws are not applied equally to those charged with enforcing them.

First batch of marijuana pardons under expedited review head to Wolf’s desk

Lyndsay Kensinger, a spokeswoman for Wolf, said the Democratic governor is “very supportive” of the expedited pardon program.

Senate panel unanimously passes ban on police chokeholds

If it becomes law, it will ban police officers in Pennsylvania from using any physical maneuvers that restrict someone’s ability to breathe while they’re being incapacitated. 

A Pa. board is sidelining officers with mental health histories. But advocates say it’s...

Anyone with 302 on his record won’t meet state certification standards to become a police officer in Pennsylvania.

Preliminary Philly budget cuts $33M in police spending, implements reform

The police department’s budget was reduced to $727M from Mayor Jim Kenney’s original proposal of $760M, still the biggest department in the city.