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Why does the U.S. sentence people to hundreds of years in prison? | Opinion

The US is unique in its criminal punishment policies – as the recent sentencing of neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. demonstrates.

Pennsylvania has a ‘patchwork’ of local policies for storing rape kits and collecting anonymous...

A new law will require all rape kits collected in Pennsylvania to be stored until the statute of limitations on the incident expires: 12 years for adult rape victims.

Cash bail, explained: How it works and why criminal justice reformers want to get...

Pre-trial detention is supposed to keep the public safer and make sure people show up for court. But the Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union argues that Philadelphia’s cash bail system does neither, and instead “effectively criminalizes poverty.”

Jeffrey Epstein case is a reminder that child trafficking is frightening and real |...

People often see youth trafficking depicted in pop culture, such as the film Taken or the television series The Wire, and assume that it is a frightening but distant issue.

How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers

State House Democrats are expressing frustration with the communication breakdown that left them in the dark about concerns from progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over a bill passed during the final, frenzied hours...

Pa. Supreme Court says it will investigate ‘systemic failures’ in Philly’s cash bail system

In an unusual move, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court says it plans to study "alleged systemic failures" in Philadelphia's cash bail system.In an order issued Monday, the high court says it's open to suggestions to...

Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes

In the rush of last month's budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain Philadelphia gun crimes for the next two years in cases...

‘We need to do more:’ Wolf signs reforms to encourage sexual assault reporting on...

Three years after Pennsylvania rolled out a one-of-a-kind sexual assault awareness program, the Wolf administration on Monday celebrated two new intitaitves to encourage victims and witnesses to report incidents of sexual assault on college...

The *other* beneficiaries of that law that seals most criminal records | Editorial Cartoon

A new state law allows for the sealing of most criminal records. It's a long overdue reform.

Under Pennsylvania’s landmark Clean Slate law, 30 million criminal records are now eligible for...

Supporters say the law will unlock the potential of thousands of Pennsylvanians who face housing and employment discrimination due to their criminal records.