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An-Li became a reporter while completing her law degree at Stanford. In law school, she wrote about housing affordability, criminal justice and economic development, among other topics. She also served as the intern to NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg in Washington, DC, helping Ms. Totenberg to cover the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal matters. Originally from Pittsburgh, An-Li interned with the investigations team at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before joining 90.5 WESA in August

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Prison sentences being commuted amid concerns over Pa.’s harsh ‘felony murder’ law

State corrections data show that Pennsylvania prisons house more than 5,100 people sentenced to life without parole. About 500 of them did not directly cause the death of a victim, according to a review the state’s Department of Corrections conducted last summer.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

As political tides shift, chances at commutation rise for Pennsylvania lifers

The lieutenant governor said he’d like to return to pre-1980s levels, when an average of 20 to 30 sentences a year were commuted.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

In Pittsburgh, juvenile offenders at the Allegheny County jail go back to school, too

"In this building, in this part of the building, you are a student. You'll be treated like a student."
By An-Li Herring/WESA

Allegheny County Council votes against civilian police review board

The review board would have investigated allegations of police misconduct. Only the county police department would have been required to participate. Municipalities, meanwhile, would have been able to opt in.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Homicide charges against parolees unlikely to trigger tough-on-crime backlash, criminologist says

A string of homicides allegedly committed by five Pennsylvania men following their release from prison prompted an investigation by the state’s corrections department last month. The five parolees were charged with committing a total of six homicides over a two-month period, the Associated Press reported.

By An-Li Herring/WESA