Criminal Justice

Daryl Metcalfe wants to impeach Pittsburgh’s mayor over guns. House leadership isn’t interested

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe said Mayor Bill Peduto “brazenly” violated the state Constitution when he signed gun control bills.

Tell your lawmakers to reject these bills gutting local gun-control ordinances | Opinion

The only winners here are lawyers for the gun lobby, who even now are soliciting plaintiffs and donations to cover the costs of suing Pennsylvania towns.
Sen. Tom Killion, sponsor of Senate Bill 501.

A program that keeps people with addiction out of prison is ‘extremely underused.’ A...

The bills, which have the support of Gov. Tom Wolf, now go to the full Senate for a vote.

Poway Synagogue Shooting: How safe is your house of worship? | Analysis

A national survey of over 1,300 congregations found that, like the synagogue in San Diego, most synagogues, churches, and mosques don't have security guards. Religious leaders struggle to balance security concerns with carrying out a mission to be open to the communities they serve.

‘Innocence is real:’ A death row survivor makes the case for scrapping capital punishment...

So far, capital punishment hasn't been part of Pennsylvania's conversation on criminal justice reform. But proposals in the state House and Senate are evidence that could change.

Pa. Senate committee approves bill that makes it easier to sue municipalities over local...

The legislation, introduced by Sen. Wayne Langerholc, R-Bedford, passed the Local Government Committee along party lines, 7-4.

Fetterman reports high support for cannabis legalization, decriminalization

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman told Democratic lawmakers on Monday that residents in 50 counties have shown strong support for legalizing recreational cannabis for adults.Appearing Monday before a joint hearing of the House and Senate Democratic...

California Synagogue Shooting: Pa. officials react to violence at Congregation Chabad in Poway

The shooting came six months to the day of the mass shooting at Tree of Life in Pittsburgh, Pa.

As Pa. considers cannabis legalization, lawmakers, Wolf need to put criminal justice reform front...

I saw firsthand the damage that a cannabis arrest can wreak. We need to put those days behind us.

Incompetent? Definitely. Corrupt? Most probably. Which is Trump’s worst trait? | Opinion

Trump’s racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and other disreputable traits have led us to disregard his abject lack of smarts and good judgment.