Accountability


Pa. lawmakers black out details of why they spent tax dollars, claiming ‘legislative privilege’

Redactions in thousands of pages of financial records primarily concealed who legislators were meeting with and why
By Angela Couloumbis/Spotlight PA, Brad Bumsted/The Caucus and Sam Janesch/The Caucus

Updated: February 25, 2020 | 1:51 pm

His hair is sacred. But to get out of solitary confinement, his jailers say he must cut it off.

A Rastafarian inmate has been in solitary confinement for a year. The jail’s warden said he can get out if he cuts his hair.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

‘How could they do that to my kid?’: Parents sue state-funded van service after preschoolers tied up with duct tape

The lawsuit underscores the complex web of companies responsible for transporting tens of thousands of vulnerable children and low-income Philadelphians to clinics and behavioral health programs.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY and Ryan Briggs/WHYY

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Updated: February 19, 2020 | 6:45 pm

Harrisburg becomes first Pennsylvania Roman Catholic diocese to declare bankruptcy

The diocese has been under financial strain from legal fees and payouts to people its clergy and other affiliates abused over many decades.

By Katie Meyer and Ed Mahon

PA Post investigation prompts civil liberties group to demand change at Pa. jails

Our investigation on commissary items is the basis for a nonprofit’s legal claim advocating for prisoners’ rights
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Millions of dollars in tax credits may not be paying off for Pennsylvanians

Reviews of tax credits approved by the legislature found some are never used, lack follow-up, or are vulnerable to scams
By Charlotte Keith/Spotlight PA

Pa. House lawmaker wants to end ‘honor system’ that allows agencies to hide contracts

Rep. Seth Grove is calling on the General Assembly to find ways to ensure state agencies follow the disclosure law.
By Matt McKinney/Spotlight PA

Government watchdog group apologizes for violating Pa. lobbying law

The executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania said the group would not fight the $19,900 penalty imposed by the state Ethics Commission.
By Daniel Simmons-Ritchie/Spotlight PA
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