Criminal Justice

This is why Pa. needs tougher mandatory sentences to fight fentanyl abuse | Opinion

It is time we take serious action to get not only the dealers but the actual fentanyl off our streets.

The U.S. House is going to vote on gun background checks. The pre-game among...

The majority-Democrat is expected to vote Wednesday on the first, major piece of gun-control legislation in two decades: A bill that would require universal background checks on all gun purchases.Writing in The Washington Post...
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Penn State president says sexual assaults, alcohol offenses down after Greek life reforms

This article was edited on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. to include new comments from a Penn State spokesman about sexual assault.Anti-hazing reforms at Pennsylvania State University have contributed to a drop...

Pennsylvania gets C+ grade from national gun control group

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gave Pennsylvania's gun laws a slightly better mark in 2018 following the passage of a bill restricting domestic abusers' access to firearms.Passing the law improved Pennsylvania's...

In Washington Post op-ed, Pa.’s Ryan Costello’s urges Republicans to vote ‘yes’ on gun...

With the U.S. House poised to vote on a major piece of gun-control legislation, a former Republican congressman from suburban Philadelphia is urging his onetime GOP colleagues to get on board and support it.Pending...

Will paper personal mail return to prisons? Corrections secretary says ‘no’

Since September, people incarcerated in Pennsylvania's prison have not received original copies of their personal mail.Will that change? For the moment, the state's Corrections secretary says "no."Under a policy designed to keep drugs out...

State Inspector General charges three Harrisburg residents in food stamps fraud scheme

The state Office of Inspector General says it has charged three Harrisburg residents in a $25,000 food stamps trafficking scheme whose proceeds were used to buy inventory for their mini-market.In a statement, Inspector General...

Oversight committee session with Michael Cohen looks like an illegitimate show hearing | Opinion

Michael Cohen will soon testify before Congress about his work for Donald Trump. But the hearing's subject goes far beyond the committee's jurisdiction, which is government operations and activities.

Wolf, in D.C. for governors’ meeting, says Philly rapper Meek Mill’s case exposes criminal...

“This is the holy grail of politics,” Wolf said Saturday. “You can bring extreme right and extreme left together because it’s not only fair, it’s smart and it actually gets people back into the economy.”

ACLU asks Pa. Supreme Court to declare the death penalty unconstitutional

The Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked the state's highest court to declare the Keystone State's death penalty statute unconstitutional, arguing that it violates equal protection provisions because of "the...