criminal-justice-issues

What it’s like to be LGBTQ and in prison | Special Report

BY: - December 28, 2021

Some 42.1 percent of women in prison and 35.7 percent of women in jail in the criminal justice system self-identified as lesbian, bisexual or queer.

Why are so many lesbian, bi and transgender women in prison? | Analysis

BY: - December 19, 2021

Data show that rates of incarceration for lesbian, gay and bisexual people were 1,882 per 100K.

Activist announces independent run against 20-term western Pa. Democratic lawmaker

BY: - November 22, 2021

Independent Zarah Livingston says it's time for a change: Incumbent Rep. Anthony DeLuca has held the seat 'longer than I've been alive.'

Prison guards’ lawsuit against Wolf admin’s vax policy thrown out

BY: - October 15, 2021

A state appeals court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging Gov. Tom Wolf’s vaccine-or-test requirement for prison guards, among thousands of other state employees in congregate settings. In a Sept. 28 decision, a three-judge panel of the Commonwealth Court dismissed the challenge, brought by the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association, which represents 11,000 prison workers, […]

Shapiro files criminal charges against Energy Transfer in construction of Mariner East 2 pipeline

BY: - October 5, 2021

The charges accuse the Texas-based pipeline company of using unauthorized chemicals in their drilling fluid, releasing it into state water, and not reporting the spills.

COMMENTARY

Perry Co.’s DA could put a homeless man in jail over a Mountain Dew. Is that justice? | Opinion

BY: - September 23, 2021

Prosecutors have broad discretion on whether to pursue cases. Is politics driving this one?

In a city torn by violence, Black Philadelphians are buying guns to respond to crime, racism

BY: - September 22, 2021

“Why would you want the racists to be the only ones with knowledge of firearms?” Philadelphia gun advocate and founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, recently asked a reporter.

COMMENTARY

My son is incarcerated. Prison gerrymandering silences his voice. It’s time to end it | Opinion

BY: - August 24, 2021

You may not be in the same situation that our family is in, but I would bet you can understand the hurt I feel when I can’t get my child — my family, my world — the help he needs.

‘This can’t be normal, this can’t be accepted’: Philly gun violence leaves families in pain, fear

BY: - August 19, 2021

A 'perfect storm' of deadly factors has helped revive an old nickname for Philadelphia popularized by its detractors — “Killadelphia.”

COMMENTARY

Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

People are aging and dying in prison, withering away to nothing with no chance of ever returning to the free world

COMMENTARY

Why the murder rate is rising — and what we can do about it | John A. Tures

BY: - June 30, 2021

Protecting police officers and people from guns will do better to lower the murder rate, just as the assault weapons ban did in the 1990s and early 2000s.

AlleCo DA Zappala rescinds policy halting plea deals to Black lawyer who called his office racist

BY: - June 8, 2021

Between 2016 and 2017, Zappala’s office charged Black teens as adults 20 times as often as it charged white teens as adults in Allegheny County.