Criminal Justice

Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes

In the rush of last month's budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain Philadelphia gun crimes for the next two years in cases...

‘We need to do more:’ Wolf signs reforms to encourage sexual assault reporting on...

Three years after Pennsylvania rolled out a one-of-a-kind sexual assault awareness program, the Wolf administration on Monday celebrated two new intitaitves to encourage victims and witnesses to report incidents of sexual assault on college...

The *other* beneficiaries of that law that seals most criminal records | Editorial Cartoon

A new state law allows for the sealing of most criminal records. It's a long overdue reform.

Under Pennsylvania’s landmark Clean Slate law, 30 million criminal records are now eligible for...

Supporters say the law will unlock the potential of thousands of Pennsylvanians who face housing and employment discrimination due to their criminal records.

Northampton Co. DA candidate quit his job after black colleague said he left a...

A Republican candidate for Northampton County district attorney is facing fresh scrutiny over a 12-year-old incident for leaving a stuffed monkey at the desk of a black colleague, evoking a particularly hateful racist stereotype,...

Probation in Pa. keeps people trapped in the cycle of incarceration | Opinion

Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians languish on needlessly long and punishing probation terms and are in desperate need of this reform. We urge legislators to treat this issue with the urgency it deserves
Senators Camera Bartolotta, R-Washington, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, announce their probation and parole reform bill in the Capitol rotunda on Jan. 28.

‘It’s extremely important’: Senate schedules marathon hearing on probation and parole reform

Pennsylvania is one of only eight states that puts no limit on how long someone can serve probation.

A year after the police shooting of Antwon Rose, this state rep. wants to...

Rep. Summer Lee, a freshman Democrat who represents an area near where Rose died, has introduced legislation that would restrict when police officers can use deadly force.

Crime victims proposal Marsy’s Law now on its way to Pennsylvania voters

The proposed amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution will appear on this November's general election ballot.

Shapiro, Dem lawmakers hear experiences of racism, discrimination

Updated, 5:30 p.m.: This story was updated with additional information from the Attorney General's Office.Democratic elected officials from across Pennsylvania, including Attorney General Josh Shapiro, gathered in Harrisburg's Allison Hill Thursday to hear, up...