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The ACLU-Pa.’s Reggie Shuford is leaving | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 22, 2022

(*This story was updated at 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, 12/21/22 to clarify information around an email that Reggie Shuford sent to the ACLU’s members and supporters about his decision to step down.) After more than a decade on the frontlines of some of the state’s preeminent civil liberties and political battles, Reggie Shuford, the executive director […]


The Pa. House’s Krasner probe usurps democracy and the will of Philadelphia voters | Opinion

BY: - July 10, 2022

Those who engage in trying to overturn the results of a free and fair election are undermining democracy and putting the American experiment in grave peril.

Senate probation reform bill faces pushback from advocates who say they prefer the status quo

BY: - April 27, 2022

The bill, SB 913, which is currently before the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate in December, is based on several other pieces of previously introduced legislation.


Report: Unaffordable cash bail is ‘a statewide crisis’ in Pa. | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 3, 2022

Local magisterial district justices 'routinely' set bail that people can't afford, triggering a 'cascade of harmful consequences.'


The Pa. Senate’s sham election review threatens democracy | Opinion

BY: - August 18, 2021

The bottom line is that Sen. Doug Mastriano’s escapade will cost Pa. counties millions of dollars to comply and then to clean up the mess.


It’s far past time for Pa. lawmakers to pass comprehensive non-discrimination legislation | Opinion

BY: - June 30, 2021

We all deserve the chance to thrive in an environment where we have the safety and security to flourish in our identity. 


Report: Pa. Legislature a ‘bipartisan criminal offense factory’ that drives up costs, doesn’t fix crime | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 9, 2021

"Ending Pennsylvania’s public policy of mass incarceration begins with the Legislature," the report by the ACLU-PA concludes.

Advocates launch hunger strike to force Wolf to release inmates to slow COVID spread

BY: - June 1, 2020

In a May 28 letter, Free People Strike called on Wolf to release 1,800 individuals eligible for release under an April 10 reprieve order Wolf signed to help aid the Department of Corrections in qualifying individuals for transfer or home confinement amid COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons. 


The COVID-19 pandemic underscores the urgency of ending cash bail | Opinion

BY: - April 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic exposes the deep flaws in Pennsylvania’s broken cash bail system, both in Philadelphia and across the commonwealth.


Gov. Wolf has the power to avert a public health disaster in Pa.’s prisons | Opinion

BY: - April 2, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf has the ability to release more people from the state prisons right now by using his constitutionally enshrined power of reprieve.

Federal judge in Harrisburg rules ICE must release people at high risk for COVID-19

BY: - March 31, 2020

The decision by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones comes just a day after criminal justice advocates in Philadelphia coordinated a drive-by protest, calling for the release of inmates due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Philly Democrat wants a $500 fine for sending nude photos without consent

BY: - January 10, 2020

On Friday, Rep. Mary Isacson, D-Philadelphia, held a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on her proposal to criminalize sharing unsolicited nude images.