Joseph Darius Jaafari, Reporter / PA Post

Joseph Darius Jaafari
Joseph Darius Jaafari was 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.

Latest by Joseph Darius Jaafari


Marijuana prosecutions and the push for criminal justice reform

Can a prosecutor support reform while still enforcing pot laws?
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Can you support Black Lives Matter and still prosecute marijuana cases? This prosecutor says yes. 

Months of protests urged prosecutors and police to support criminal justice reform. But court records show a different path.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

What’s happening with COVID-19 in jails?

Most Pa. counties aren't sharing much info about epidemic in their prisons
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Tired of the politics, a press conference is sidelined by its audience

A state legislator’s unveiling of a prison reform measure is overtaken by frustrated crowd demanding concrete changes in policing and criminal justice
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Why President Trump’s tweet about delaying election is just noise

Sen. Toomey: 'The President does not have the unilateral authority to do so'
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

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

No, federal agents are not committing ‘war crimes’ in Portland

That said, fed agents' tactics are certainly questionable
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

In Franklin Co., a murder charge shines light on the issue of prosecutorial discretion

An interview with The Appeal's Joshua Vaughn
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
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