Criminal Justice

Philly officials look for marginal wins as homicide rate continues to rise

BY: - October 21, 2021

'The overall reductions in violent crime specifically within our pinpoint grades are continuing to decrease in a strong and steady way,' Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.

Philly Councilmember David Oh fishing for support on minimum force bill

BY: - October 19, 2021

“What we hope to do is to get a calm reaction out of police officers not to overreact,” Oh said.

Senate Judiciary committee advances bill to increase penalties for people who evade arrest

BY: - October 19, 2021

The legislation sponsored by Sens. John Yudichak, I-Luzerne, and Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, came after Scranton police officer John Wilding fell to his death in 2015 while chasing three teenagers suspected of armed robbery. 

Wolf announces four bills aimed at expanding Pa.’s ‘It’s On Us’ initiative

BY: - October 18, 2021

In 2016, Pennsylvania established its own branch of the national “It’s On Us,” an organization aimed at preventing sexaul assault on college campuses and at schools, under the Wolf administration. However, Wolf noted Monday that it’s time to do more. 

Prison guards’ lawsuit against Wolf admin’s vax policy thrown out

BY: - October 15, 2021

A state appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine-or-test requirement for prison guards, among thousands of other state employees in congregate settings. In a Sept. 28 decision, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court dismissed the challenge, brought by the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association, which represents 11,000 prison workers, […]

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Gun safety group Everytown launches $200K campaign in Erie Co. sheriff race | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 15, 2021

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. When you think about high-stakes political campaigns in Pennsylvania politics, your thoughts usually don’t turn to county sheriff’s contests. Sure, there are exceptions, and some offices get overtaken by scandal (Yes, that’s you Philadelphia). In general, however, most voters would be hard-pressed to name their county sheriff, let alone explain the role […]

Pgh anti-eviction advocate is running for constable to reform the little understood Pa. position

BY: - October 14, 2021

Constables serve eviction papers. Former journalist Jacob Klinger wants to use the job to help those in trouble.

Philly Summit addresses link between gun violence and environment

BY: - October 13, 2021

The summit comes as research shows how major improvements in community habitat, living conditions and natural environment reduces violence substantially.

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The House GOP’s silence on police radar bill isn’t just deafening, it’s deadly | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - October 13, 2021

The measure hasn't come up for a vote before the state House of Representatives, and one doesn't seem likely, at least for this year.

New PSP Deputy Commissioner makes history again as first Black woman to serve in role

BY: - October 12, 2021

Lt. Col. Kristal Turner-Childs, who has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since 1998, will serve as the deputy commissioner of staff for the state police and assist the commissioner in developing policies and procedures for the state’s law enforcement officers, Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a statement Tuesday. 

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After pandemic drop, advocates fear spike in child abuse reports this fall | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 12, 2021

The number of child abuse reports received dropped about 22 percent between 2019 and 2020, state data show.

Marijuana-related arrests decreased sharply nationwide in 2020, but not in Pa., FBI data shows

BY: - October 10, 2021

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, police estimated over 350,000 arrests reported for marijuana-related violations last year, a decrease compared to the 545,602 marijuana-related arrests in 2019.