Pgh advocates gather 65K signatures for no-knock warrant ban and solitary confinement limit ballot initiatives
Allegheny County Jail (Image via Pittsburgh City Paper)
By Colleen Hammond
PITTSBURGH — The push for two new criminal justice reforms in Allegheny County is on the horizon. And thanks to The Alliance for Police Accountability, they could be on the ballot in May.
“These two initiatives are critical to the public health and safety of the residents of Allegheny County,” says APA president Brandi Fisher. “The community has the power to make the decisions that impact their lives, and this initiative is one way for that to manifest.”
A lawsuit filed in September 2020 by Allegheny County Jail inmates alleged that solitary confinement was being used as a punishment against inmates seeking mental health care, and academic research has shown solitary confinement can actually increase recidivism rates, as well as unemployment rates.
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