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COMMENTARY

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. 

COMMENTARY

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. 

COMMENTARY

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.

COMMENTARY

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. 

ACLU court settlement means Pa. will end solitary confinement on death row

BY: - November 18, 2019

A Corrections Department spokeswoman said the agreement announced Monday "formally memorializes" reforms that it has has been making over the last several years.

COMMENTARY

This is why the ACLU-PA supports legislation reforming our election laws | Opinion

BY: - October 30, 2019

No one will lose the right to vote because of the elimination of straight party voting. The bill expands access to voting.

Pennsylvania’s crimes code is packed with redundant, harmful charges, ACLU says in new report

BY: - October 17, 2019

In the past four decades, the number of possible charges nearly quintupled in number — a trend that’s helped Pennsylvania’s prison populations skyrocket.

COMMENTARY

In Pennsylvania, more law means less justice. That needs to change | Opinion

BY: - October 17, 2019

Law enforcement in Pennsylvania already has enough tools to protect public safety. There are serious consequences to continually expanding the crimes code.

Opponents of Marsy’s Law are suing to keep the crime victims measure off the Nov. 5 ballot

BY: - October 10, 2019

The amendment would inscribe Pennsylvania’s crime victim statutes in the state Constitution, giving victims a path to assert those rights in court.