Criminal Justice

Former Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell tested positive for COVID-19 after being released early from...

By The Philadelphia TribunePHILADELPHIA -- Former state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell tested positive for the coronavirus days after being released from Philadelphia county jail. She’s one of the hundreds of inmates not being tested before...

Life on hold: How the COVID-19 pandemic derailed Pennsylvania’s pardons board

This spring was supposed to kick off a banner year for Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, the five-member panel that can cut short sentences for prisoners serving life in prison.

COVID-19 in Philly: Protesters mark first death of Philadelphia jail inmate

Organizers continue to demand that a mass release of specific categories of detainees take place to prevent spread of the illness and more deaths.

Posthumously innocent? The first prisoner to die of COVID-19 in Pa. was hard at...

(*Updated at 5:01 p.m. to correct comments by Jane Roh, a spokeswoman for Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner. Roh could not confirm that Sutton’s conviction was also being reviewed by its internal Conviction Integrity...

COVID-19 in Philly: Community presents NW Police District with 1,400 face masks

Alaiya Muhsin, 10, also sewed 50 cloth masks and donated all of them to the Northwest police division, in an effort organized by a local lawmaker.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgency of ending cash bail | Opinion

The COVID-19 pandemic exposes the deep flaws in Pennsylvania’s broken cash bail system, both in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth.

A jail of two timelines: The two sides of COVID-19 in the Allegheny County...

Information about how the Allegheny County Jail managed the COVID-19 outbreak has been sparse. Here's a timeline of what we know -- and don't know.

Philly DA, chief defender praise state prison release program, urge Wolf to go further

Prisoners qualifying for a Wolf administration executive order could start being released as soon as Tuesday, officials said.

Pa. State Police close Police Academy after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

In a statement, the State Police said the 100 cadets now undergoing their training at the academy will receive remote instruction.

Wolf issues executive order to thin state prison populations amid COVID-19 outbreak

The announcement comes after legislation to reduce prison populations stalled in the state House and Senate, where lawmakers could not agree on conditions for release or which inmates deserved eligibility.