Criminal Justice

Philly homicides rose again in 2019; Blacks made up majority of the victims, data...

As of Dec. 27, 2019,  1,445 people were shot in the city, a 2.3 percent increase over last year at that time, according to city data.

How choices by Trump’s Justice Department could jeopardize domestic violence and rape crisis services...

The VOCA fund, as it’s commonly known, is one of the largest sources of grant money for local agencies and nonprofits that provide services to crime victims.

How being ‘tough on crime’ became a political liability | Opinion

Progressives cast mass incarceration as a civil rights crisis, showing that people didn’t end up in jail because they were bad people who made poor choices.

Philly isn’t alone in promoting questionable cops | John N. Mitchell

PHILADELPHIA --  Philadelphians will be happy to know that this is not the only city where misbehaving police officers are rewarded with larger paychecks.When Constantin Tsachas was in charge of about 100 police officers...

Pardons board rejections leave Lt. Gov. John Fetterman ‘dismayed’

A watershed year for Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons ended in disappointment for many criminal justice advocates on Friday, when the panel denied bids from nearly a dozen people seeking release from prison.The Board of...

Wolf signs cost-cutting criminal justice bills into law

The bills will reduce state prison populations by 600 inmates over the next five years, saving taxpayers an estimated $48 million in corrections costs

After years of negotiation, cost-savings criminal justice bills head for final approval

The Wolf administration has championed the Justice Reinvestment Initiative since 2017.

Malcolm Jenkins joins community in asking for more transparency in top cop search

With the end of the year closing in, Mayor Jim Kenney has yet to pick a new police commissioner. The Eagles star wants additional transparency.

New report blames gerrymandering for stalled gun-safety bills

Most Pennsylvanians favor stricter gun laws, recent polling suggests, but efforts to advance gun safety legislation have languished in the Legislature.

Facing pushback, Montgomery County lawmaker drops proposal to add mandatory minimums to some gun...

Mandatory minimums have fallen out of fashion as states including Pennsylvania attempt to reduce prison populations amid a decade-long drop in violent crime rates.