criminal-justice-issues

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.

McClinton calls for safeguards against prison gerrymandering in Pa. legislative maps

BY: - May 26, 2021

(*This story was updated at 9:10 p.m. on Wednesday 5/26/21 to include comment from House Republicans, and to reflect that G. Reynolds Clark no longer works at the University of Pittsburgh and that Robert Byer did not donate to President Donald Trump.) Potentially upsetting decades of precedent that has aided rural, white Pennsylvanians at the […]