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Sarah Gonzales-McLinn appears May 25, 2021, in Douglas County District Court to accept a deal that reduced her first-degree murder sentence from a Hard 50 to a Hard 25. (Mackenzie Clark/The Lawrence Times)

A Kansas woman killed her abuser. At every level, the system failed her | Opinion

BY: - February 9, 2023

Sarah Gonzales-McLinn has already spent the better part of a decade behind bars.

Lack of confidence in U.S. elections is just one example of the danger to democracy posed by misinformation and disinformation, much of it spread by social media. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

Of more than 7,500 threats against members of Congress in 2022, just 22 prosecuted

BY: - February 1, 2023

Members of Congress receive thousands of threats a year, though just a fraction of the people who call, mail or email will ever be prosecuted — a situation that’s of great concern to the police who guard members.

Survivors of gangs and gun violence, these women now help others navigate grief

BY: - December 31, 2022

As a survivor of the violence, April Roby-Bell serves as a source of strength for others. Those traumatized by gun violence call her for counseling.

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LGBTQ Americans are 9 times more likely to be victimized by a hate crime | Opinion

BY: - December 29, 2022

Hate crimes don't just impact victims. They reverberate through a community, causing lasting harm.

Botched executions reached ‘astonishing’ high in 2022, report finds

BY: - December 18, 2022

Two more death row prisoners were exonerated in 2022, even as society’s ultimate sanction became more geographically isolated, with only a handful of states carrying out executions in the last year, according to a new report. The number of botched executions also reached an “astonishing” level, according to the research by the Death Penalty Information […]

States, including Pa., have replaced prison mail with scanned copies | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 29, 2022

The 'exploitative' trend is a cash cow for private companies, a new report alleges.

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How Pa.’s incarcerated are doing their part to fight gun violence from the inside out | Opinion

BY: - November 26, 2022

Tens of thousands of Americans with criminal records are fighting to restore dignity to their communities.

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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman campaigns in Bristol, Pa.., on Sunday, 10/9/22 (Capital-Star photo by Nick Field)

The GOP attack ads over pardons in the Senate race? Mark Singel has seen it before | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - October 27, 2022

'It was garbage then and it's garbage now,' the Democratic former lieutenant governor said.

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Report: ‘No evidence’ progressive prosecutors are responsible for homicide spikes | Tuesday Coffee

BY: - October 25, 2022

Homicides were 'slightly lower' in cities with progressive prosecutors, data show.

Who’s tougher on crime? A familiar 2022 fight comes to a high-stakes NEPA congressional race

BY: - October 23, 2022

Democratic incumbent Matt Cartwright and Republican Jim Bognet are trading jabs in their 8th District rematch.

An aerial view of Holmesburg Prison in northeast Philadelphia in 1970 (Photo via the Philadelphia Tribune).

Philadelphia apologizes for heinous experiments on Black inmates

BY: - October 8, 2022

Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledged the history of medical racism in the United States, and the trauma it has created in communities of color.

Report: Black people far more likely to be wrongly convicted than whites | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 7, 2022

More than 3,200 people have been exonerated since 1989. More than half of them are Black, according to a new study.