Criminal Justice

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No, guns do kill people. And the solution is glaringly obvious | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 25, 2023

Two mass shootings in California in as many days. We know how to end the madness.

Bipartisan Senate bill would change how Pa. charges children as adults | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 24, 2023

A judge would have to sign off before a juvenile case is moved to to adult court.

Allegheny County Chief Public Defender Matt Dugan

Allegheny Co. DA hopeful Dugan calls for more collaborative, preventative approach to public safety

BY: - January 22, 2023

"In 2023, Allegheny County's justice system is in need of change. We need to think differently,” Dugan said

Estelle Richman is on board to help save lives … again

BY: - January 19, 2023

By Naiser Warren-Robinson PHILADELPHIA — As a lifelong public servant, Estelle Richman has spent most of her time attempting to help and uplift the people that around her. Richman will now be spending her time attempting to solve Philadelphia’s gun violence crisis as the new executive director of the Coalition to Save Lives. Raised in […]

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Shapiro’s nominees to public safety roles include the first woman to head the state Department of Corrections

BY: - January 17, 2023

Laurel Harry rose through the Department of Correction from drug and alcohol treatment specialist to prison superintendent.

Outgoing Gov. Wolf sets clemency record, granting 2,540 pardons

BY: - January 13, 2023

The administration said that 395 of the 2,540 pardons granted were part of an expedited review program, authorized by then-Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and the state Board of Pardon in 2019, to speed up the clemency application process for people with nonviolent marijuana possession or paraphernalia convictions. 

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Driving while Black? Make sure you avoid these common traps | Michael Coard

BY: - January 10, 2023

A city law backed by Councilmember Isaiah Thomas offers equality and protection for Black drivers.

Rozzi to appoint working group on legal relief for abuse survivors after special session stalls

BY: - January 9, 2023

‘We will be judged based on what we did for the children of this Commonwealth,’ House Speaker Mark Rozzi said.

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Pa.’s criminal legal system increases overdose deaths and makes recovery impossible | Opinion

BY: - January 9, 2023

By Sean Fogler and Carla Sofronski In 2021, over 5,300 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to a preventable drug overdose. Pennsylvania policy makers and local government officials have led the charge in fueling this historic public health crisis. While there are many factors contributing to this horrific toll, Pennsylvania’s criminal legal system stands alone in its […]

In Philadelphia, MLK Day of Service activities focusing on gun violence prevention

BY: - January 5, 2023

'We must embrace Dr. King’s legacy of racial and social justice and citizen action, not just on King Day but every day,' Mayor Jim Kenney said.

Survivors of gangs and gun violence, these women now help others navigate grief

BY: - December 31, 2022

As a survivor of the violence, April Roby-Bell serves as a source of strength for others. Those traumatized by gun violence call her for counseling.

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LGBTQ Americans are 9 times more likely to be victimized by a hate crime | Opinion

BY: - December 29, 2022

Hate crimes don't just impact victims. They reverberate through a community, causing lasting harm.