Criminal Justice

COVID surge in Pa. prisons leads to calls for lockdown at all facilities

In a statement released Tuesday, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) called on Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration to lockdown the state’s prisons and stop the transfer of inmates amid the surge in COVID cases. 

Pa. Senate tees up constitutional amendment opening civil window for sex abuse survivors

A senior Republican in the state Senate says she's prioritizing approval of  legislation that would amend the state constitution to open a two-year retroactive window in which survivors of sexual abuse could bring civil suits against offenders in old cases. 

As executions slowed during pandemic, death penalty opposition continued to grow | Wednesday Morning...

More than two-thirds of states (34) have either repealed the death penalty or not carried out an execution in 10 years, according to a new report. That includes Pennsylvania.

Activists criticize level of funding for Pittsburgh Police Department in 2021 budget proposal

By Amanda Waltz PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and his administration have received criticism from some advocates for what they say is prioritizing police funding over the needs of under-served communities, especially during a pandemic that...

Crime Victims’ Center of Fayette County remains open to help | Helping the Helpers

Although the organization had to modify hours and set up their offices to meet COVID-19 guidelines and procedures, Hibbs said they were dedicated to remain open to assist victims of crime and other individuals by encouraging them to achieve and maintain independence through advocacy, counseling, education, crisis intervention and other forms of assistance.

A look at COVID in Pa.’s correctional facilities | Tuesday Morning Coffee

The COVID dashboard on the Department of Corrections' website confirmed 1,989 active inmate cases across Pennsylvania and 935 active staff positives as of Monday evening. 

Meet the Pa. Commonwealth Court judges who’ve recently sided with Republicans on election rulings,...

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court has been a big player in the ongoing attempts by the Trump campaign and other Republicans to overturn the state’s election results or invalidate ballots.

In SWPA, domestic violence services available during holidays, pandemic. Where to find them |...

People who want to support the agency during the holiday season can do so by donating money or gift cards, Orbin said. Gift cards to big box stores or gas stations can help someone who is living in temporary housing.

Pa. lawmakers renew bipartisan push on behalf of incarcerated women | Friday Morning Coffee

“Just because a woman has been incarcerated does not mean the state is not obligated to treat her with dignity,” Rep. Tina Davis, D-Bucks, said.

Philadelphia native reveals toll of gun violence in new ‘Weight of Death’ docuseries

“Gun violence in urban cities is real,” he said. “We need to address this because this is an epidemic that is tearing our city apart at an alarming rate.”