Criminal Justice

COVID-19 in Philly: Criminal justice advocates mount drive-by-protest calling for mass release of inmates

Honking horns and waving protest signs, activists in a caravan of cars staged a drive-by protest outside Philadelphia City Hall and Gov. Tom Wolf’s office in Philadelphia, urging officials to sanction a mass release of inmates from state prisons, local jails, and an ICE detention center in Berks County.

COVID-19 in W. Pa: Allegheny County Council gets bill to release more inmates from...

At-large Councilmember Bethany Hallam and colleague Olivia Bennett introduced legislation Tuesday that would authorize the release of some jail inmates.

Congratulations on your new gun. Now lock it up | Opinion

We all want to protect our families and our communities. Let’s do everything we can to make sure the efforts to do so don’t themselves lead to tragedy.

Philly D.A., Defender Association, ACLU looking to reduce prison, jail populations

The D.A.’s office and the Defender Association have been focused on release for those who have already served their minimum sentence and are eligible for parole.

189 incarcerated persons will be released from Allegheny County’s jail; More likely

Orders have been sent to the Allegheny County Jail to release 189 incarcerated individuals in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19 Outbreak: Inmate advocate group calls for ‘Decarceration’ of Allegheny County Jail

By Charlie DeitchPITTSBURGH -- An alliance of elected officials and other organizations led by the Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration, a statewide advocacy group for individuals in lockup, is calling for the “decarceration”...

Officials vigilant as cybercriminals seek profit in coronavirus

Officials are warning people to be on the lookout for cybercriminals looking to use the COVID-19 crisis to their advantage.

Support this bill upping the penalty for child porn offenders | Opinion

By Dave ArnoldI’ve been in law enforcement for more than 18 years. I was elected District Attorney in Lebanon County and served in that capacity from January 1, 2006 through January 28, 2020, when...

Pa. awards $5M to help houses of worship, others protect against hate crimes

The grants are designed to prevent attacks such as the one that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018.

Hearing on Philly’s lost and stolen gun ordinance will continue in April, judge says

District Attorney Larry Krasner announced in January 2019 that he would enforce the ordinance in an attempt to limit straw gun sales in the city.