Joseph Darius Jaafari, Reporter / PA Post

Joseph Darius Jaafari
Joseph Darius Jaafari is a staff writer for the PA Post. His work covering crime, the military and LGBTQ issues has been featured in The Marshall Project, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Atlantic and The New York Times. He is a graduate of the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced for VICE and The New York Post. He is a native Arizonan and infamous for his love of tacos.

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Updated: July 30, 2020 | 12:45 pm

What’s next for Mark Pinsley?

Lehigh County’s new controller has become a leading voice in progressive politics for the region. Will it make a difference?
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

As state prisons ease coronavirus-related restrictions, county detainees remain in lockdowns

In spite of mass releases by counties to allow social distancing, some inmates still remain in solitary-like conditions
By Joseph Darius Jaafari


Some police departments say publicizing use-of-force policies builds trust. Others say the public can’t be trusted

Killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day heightens calls for transparency in how police in Pennsylvania are trained
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Ed Mahon

Disbanding local police is common in Pa. But it’s caused larger problems for State Police

Pennsylvania State Police provide coverage for municipalities across the state that don’t have their own departments. That makes any talk of defunding police more complicated.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Why Gov. Tom Wolf’s big effort to grant coronavirus reprieves to Pa. inmates came up small

The Department of Corrections has defended its response, saying it was a cautious approach that included all relevant parties to represent the public interest.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari and Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA

Plexiglass barriers, still no in-person visitation: what correctional facilities will start to look like in reopening

The Department of Corrections released a five-stage plan to ease lockdowns in prisons.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

‘They put me in solitary for having oranges’ — Muslim inmates struggle during Ramadan

A lawsuit in Franklin County highlights challenges faced by Muslim inmates during Islam's holy month
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

As counties reopen, what about the correctional facilities inside their borders?

Inmates in prisons and jails remain on lockdown. And without proper testing, public health experts say that can’t end anytime soon
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

‘Time Served’: Two very different ways that prisons and courts help some veterans

A new PA Post documentary looks at how some veterans get treatment instead of incarceration.

By Joseph Darius Jaafari
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