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Cash bail, explained: How it works and why criminal justice reformers want to get rid of it

BY: - July 14, 2019

Pre-trial detention is supposed to keep the public safer and make sure people show up for court. But the Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union argues that Philadelphia’s cash bail system does neither, and instead “effectively criminalizes poverty.” 

Warren, Dem 2020 hopefuls make their pitch at Philly’s Netroots Nation

BY: - July 14, 2019

At least they agreed on this much: Donald Trump has to go in 2020.

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Jeffrey Epstein case is a reminder that child trafficking is frightening and real | Opinion

BY: - July 14, 2019

People often see youth trafficking depicted in pop culture, such as the film Taken or the television series The Wire, and assume that it is a frightening but distant issue.

COMMENTARY

Pa. can’t rely on Washington to fix surprise spikes in medical bills | Opinion

BY: - July 14, 2019

Not surprisingly, these unexpected bills are one of the few remaining issues that have been condemned by members of both parties.

Republicans emphasize unity, 2020 as they tap Tabas as new state party chair

BY: - July 13, 2019

During an hour-long session in a hotel ballroom, Republican activists tapped Lawrence Tabas, a well-known Philadelphia elections attorney and long-serving party general counsel, as their new chairman.

On the eve of Trump’s immigration raids, protesters call for shutdown of Berks Family Detention Center

BY: - July 13, 2019

For 90 minutes, attendees chanted "Shame" and "Shut Down Berks" in both English and Spanish; sang songs, and heard stories of people who had been held in the detention center -- either separated or with their children.

COMMENTARY

Some warning labels we’d like to see | Editorial Cartoon

BY: - July 13, 2019

State System Universities announced a tuition freeze this week, the first in two decades. But students are still graduating with crippling debt,

In Philly for NetRoots Nation, AG Shapiro faces protesters upset over Philly gun law change

BY: - July 12, 2019

Shapiro was speaking alongside Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Delaware Attorney General on Day 2 of this year's NetRoots Nation conference when an audience member seized the microphone jumped in to pointedly question the Montgomery County Democrat about the law.

U.S. Rep. John Joyce, AOC spar on House floor over immigration provision in defense bill

BY: - July 12, 2019

The New York Democrat wanted to bar the executive branch from deploying troops on the southern border to enforce immigration law. 

How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers

BY: - July 12, 2019

State House Democrats are expressing frustration with the communication breakdown that left them in the dark about concerns from progressive Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner over a bill passed during the final, frenzied hours of last month’s budget debate. According to a half a dozen Democratic lawmakers, some interviewed on the basis of anonymity to […]

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Pension bill that could help thousands of Acme grocery workers clears U.S. House Committee | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 12, 2019

The rebranded 'Butch Lewis Act' is facing heavy fire from the right.