criminal-justice

DePasquale calls for better training of district judges after 100s mistakenly given criminal records

BY: - August 12, 2019

Pennsylvania’s fiscal watchdog is calling for better training of the judges who most often serve as a person’s first exposure to the criminal justice system. The suggestion by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale comes in response to revelations last month that a magisterial district judge in Erie incorrectly classified hundreds of civil complaints as criminal cases, […]

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No, violent video games are not to blame for mass shootings. Stop saying they are | Opinion

BY: - August 7, 2019

Any claims that there is consistent evidence that violent video games encourage aggression are simply false.

Billionaire backer of Marsy’s Law cuts deal on drug trafficking charges

BY: - July 31, 2019

Nicholas is the backer of the nationwide push for the victims’ rights measure Marsy’s Law, which seeks to change state laws to enshrine rights for crime victims.

Sentencing algorithms like the one under development in Pa. are ‘deeply flawed,’ researchers say

BY: - July 30, 2019

Pennsylvania judges were supposed to use tool to dole out fairer sentences. But a growing body of evidence suggests such tools are deeply flawed.

‘Our response calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach’: Pa. State Police join AG Shapiro’s new initiative to trace gun sales

BY: - July 25, 2019

Surrounded by law enforcement officials from the county to federal level, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the addition of the Pennsylvania State Police to a growing network of allies with an aim to track guns used in crimes. “Our response calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach,” Shapiro said Wednesday, of addressing the state’s 1,500 gun deaths […]

Shapiro, Dem lawmakers hear experiences of racism, discrimination

BY: - June 13, 2019

Updated, 5:30 p.m.: This story was updated with additional information from the Attorney General’s Office. Democratic elected officials from across Pennsylvania, including Attorney General Josh Shapiro, gathered in Harrisburg’s Allison Hill Thursday to hear, up close and personal, what it’s like when someone encounters harassment or hate for their race or religion. The event, hosted […]

Acquitted individuals still have a criminal record. This proposed law would change that

BY: - June 5, 2019

Rep. Joanna McClinton said she expects the bill could pass the House by the end of the month.

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Mass shootings exert a social toll on all of us. Here’s what and how it happens | Analysis

BY: - May 10, 2019

When the trauma is man-made, the impact can be profound

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In the Pa. House, encouraging steps on criminal justice reform continue | John L. Micek

BY: - April 17, 2019

On criminal justice issues lately, there's been that rarest of all things: a through-line in policymaking; a recognition that action taken in one part of state government has ripple effects in other parts of state government.

How the Pa. General Assembly is trying to expand rights for crime victims

BY: and - April 14, 2019

The House and Senate have approved a dozen victim-centered bills over the last past week, including a few identical versions of the same bill passed by both chambers.

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Can prosecutors dismiss jurors who agree with the O.J. Simpson verdict? | Opinion

BY: - March 21, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court is going to take up that very question.

Bipartisanship is passé. No one told Jordan Harris.

BY: - February 11, 2019

The new House Democratic whip is savvy enough to forge allies in unlikely places.