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Kenney doubles down, refuses to declare state of emergency over gun violence

BY: - July 21, 2021

There have been 1,263 shooting victims as of Sunday, up 26 percent compared to the same time last year, while shooting victims were down 10 percent in the police department’s Pinpoint areas, according to police.

‘We had to start somewhere’: Pa. officials say police misconduct database is a step toward reform

BY: - July 16, 2021

A new statewide database will let Pennsylvania police agencies check for “red flags” among prospective hires, but it’s just the beginning of efforts to weed out bad actors.

COMMENTARY

Already, a Democratic identity crisis on policing | Josh Kurtz

BY: - July 16, 2021

As sure as night follows day, national pundits are reading way too much into a single primary result and are prematurely extrapolating trends that may or may not be developing in Democratic politics.

COMMENTARY

Rural or urban, we all bear the economic cost of gun violence. Here’s how to fix it | Opinion

BY: - July 8, 2021

Let’s work together to end gun violence, save lives, and make sure all our communities are safe and thriving.

COMMENTARY

Our streets are awash in guns. To stop the violence, cut off the supply of weapons with a 20-year ban on new guns | Opinion

BY: - July 8, 2021

The problem is there are just too many guns, hand guns, shot guns, assault rifles, machine guns, and now, ghost guns.

Philadelphia officials demand more action to reduce gun violence

BY: - July 7, 2021

Sen. Sharif Street choked up discussing his cousin-in-law’s murder. April, Street’s wife, left the news conference at one point, sat beside a nearby statue, and cried.

Following Cosby’s release, two Pa. senators want to mandate written non-prosecution agreements

BY: - July 6, 2021

In the aftermath of Bill Cosby’s release from prison, the top members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee are drafting legislation that would require all future non-prosecution agreements to be in writing in order to be enforceable. It’s a proposal Sens. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, the panel’s chairperson, and Steve Santarsiero, D-Bucks, its ranking Democratic member, […]

Hunger strike ends at Pa. prison; organizers proclaim it a success

BY: - July 6, 2021

The hunger strike by more than 20 incarcerated men at State Correctional Institution-Phoenix in Montgomery County over prolonged solitary confinement is now over.

Low-income people of color bear brunt of rising pedestrian deaths | Analysis

BY: - July 5, 2021

Nationwide, the number of pedestrians killed by drivers from 2010 to 2019 increased by 45 percent to 6,237 a year, the equivalent of at least 17 people dying per day.

‘We need more help’: Philly city, state leaders press Biden for further aid to reduce violence

BY: - July 3, 2021

While city’s homicide rate is reaching historic highs, a state law prevents Philadelphia from putting its own firearm regulations in place.

Pa. state prison inmates mount hunger strike, calling for end to solitary confinement

BY: - July 2, 2021

The hunger strike is in response to what advocates call inhumane torture in solitary confinement

COMMENTARY

Pa. Att’y Gen. Shapiro is putting the focus on ghost guns – but that’s the wrong place to look for a solution to Philly’s violence problem | Opinion

BY: - July 1, 2021

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said her department took 5,000 illegal guns off the street last year: 99 of them were ghost guns.