criminal-justice-issues

States want to make it easier to use red flag laws | Analysis

BY: - June 28, 2022

Nineteen states and Washington, D.C., have such laws. Pa. buried its bill in committee.

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An image of SCI-Greene, the state prison in Greene County, Pa. (Pa. Corrections Department photo).

Hunger strike to protest solitary confinement at SWPa. prison continues | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 24, 2022

Incarcerated people at the state prison in Greene County have been on strike since June 7.

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Pa. House GOP moves to impeach Philly DA Larry Krasner | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 14, 2022

The announcement came the same day House Republicans buried a slate of gun-violence reduction bills.

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We may never see police accountability in the Texas school shooting. This is why | Opinion

BY: - June 8, 2022

Most people would be surprised to know that the government is not required to protect its citizens. The U.S. Supreme Court has said as much.

A couple holds hands in the air during a moment of silence for survivors of violent crime at the Pennsylvania Capitol.

Crime survivors rally for criminal justice reforms focused on breaking the cycle of violence

BY: - June 7, 2022

Providing crime survivors the resources they need to emerge from their trauma is crucial to breaking the cycle of violence in Pennsylvania communities, crime survivors  and advocates said Tuesday during a Capitol rally.

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Allegheny Co. DA Zappala’s decision to seek death penalty doesn’t serve justice | Opinion

BY: - May 27, 2022

Between 1978 and 2018, Pa. executed three people and spent $1B on capital prosecutions. A waste of time and money.

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Curbing gun violence: Another plea for finding common ground | Rob Schofield

BY: - May 12, 2022

As a fast-growing mountain of news reports makes clearer by the day, gun violence of all kinds is out of control.

Biden issues first pardons and commutations of his presidency; Philly residents among beneficiaries

BY: - April 26, 2022

The White House also unveiled a strategy to help formerly incarcerated people find jobs.

Josh Shapiro about to speak a press conference

Capital-Star Q+A: Josh Shapiro on the death penalty, climate and Harrisburg

BY: - April 8, 2022

The only Democratic gubernatorial candidate on the ballot in 2022 says he's here to take on 'big fights.'

Behind bars? No problem. In Houston, people in jail can still go to the polls

BY: - March 9, 2022

'This is America and until you’re all the way convicted, you have the right to vote, so you should be able to,' one advocate said.

‘A crisis that is hiding in plain sight’: Missing and murdered women of color | Analysis

BY: - March 6, 2022

'The epidemic of missing persons of color is not a new topic, but one that has been dismissed because society does not care about us,' Shawn Wilkinson of Baltimore said.

Unemployed, Black, and with a record: Companies should rethink hiring policies, study suggests

BY: - February 22, 2022

'Employers need to understand that one big reason they cannot find the workers they need is too often they exclude those who have had involvement with the criminal justice system,' an expert said.