Bipartisan Senate bill would change how Pa. charges children as adults | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 24, 2023

A judge would have to sign off before a juvenile case is moved to to adult court.


Pa.’s criminal legal system increases overdose deaths and makes recovery impossible | Opinion

BY: - January 9, 2023

By Sean Fogler and Carla Sofronski In 2021, over 5,300 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to a preventable drug overdose. Pennsylvania policy makers and local government officials have led the charge in fueling this historic public health crisis. While there are many factors contributing to this horrific toll, Pennsylvania’s criminal legal system stands alone in its […]


Virginia abolished biased, botched executions; more states should follow suit | Opinion

BY: - January 5, 2023

The imposition of a death sentence gives a false impression that justice is being served.

Shakira and Jeffrey Johnson created the Johnson-Shaw Foundation to help people reintegrate into society after leaving jail (Herald-Standard photo).

Johnson-Shaw Foundation looks to help people re-enter society after prison | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 20, 2022

'I would like people to understand the perspective that people re-entering (society) really do need guidance and assistance,' Shakira Johnson said.

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner takes questions from reporters after a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday, 10/21/22. (Capital-Star photo by Marley Parish)

Pa. House votes 107-85 to impeach Philly DA Larry Krasner; Senate will hold trial

BY: and - November 16, 2022

'They have impeached me without presenting a single shred of evidence connecting our policies to any uptick in crime,' Krasner said.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

What does the impeachment process look like in Pennsylvania?

BY: and - November 2, 2022

Introducing articles of impeachment is just a first step in the seldom-used process.

Prisoners and staff share responsibility for taking care of the fish tank at the ‘Little Scandinavia’ housing unit in a Pennsylvania prison. Commonwealth Media Services

A Pa. prison got a Scandinavian-style makeover. Here’s what happened next | Analysis

BY: - October 8, 2022

The change at SCI-Chester shows shows how the U.S. penal system could become more humane.

U.S. Senate panel probes federal prisons ‘riddled with mismanagement’

BY: - September 30, 2022

Staff shortages have impacted the federal Bureau of Prisons' operations, former Pa. Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel, told lawmakers.

House committee on Philadelphia crime hears stories of loss from gun violence survivors

BY: - September 29, 2022

Dominic Billa was buying clothes for an interview for a union apprenticeship when he was shot and killed in a brawl at a Philadelphia shopping mall last year. Before her 19-year-old son was murdered, Nakisha Billa said she heard almost daily news reports of shootings and murders in the state’s biggest city, and prayed, thinking […]

Former ‘lifers’ call on lawmakers to end ‘death by incarceration’

BY: - September 20, 2022

'Second chances doesn't mean everybody comes home, it means everybody has a chance to come home if they do the right thing,' state Sen. Sharif Street said.

Philly DA Krasner not alone among progressive prosecutors fighting GOP attacks

BY: - September 11, 2022

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner won a hard-fought campaign in 2017 amid a rising wave of dissent over police shootings of unarmed people of color and calls to reform criminal justice policies that harm the nation’s most vulnerable communities. Five years later, following a resounding reelection victory in 2021, Krasner is among progressive prosecutors across […]

Wolf admin announces pardon push for people with certain marijuana convictions

BY: - September 1, 2022

(*This story was updated at 12:08 p.m. on Thursday, 9/1/22 to include comment from House Republican spokesperson Jason Gottesman) With months left to go at the helm, the Wolf administration on Thursday announced it’s launching what it’s describing as a “one-time, large-scale pardoning project,” for people convicted of minor, non-violent marijuana offenses. Democratic Gov. Tom  […]