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‘Incarceration is the new cancer’: Pa. Sen. Camera Bartolotta on her work to revamp criminal justice

Bartolotta’s engagement with criminal-justice issues comes at a time when legislators have worked to advance a raft of legislation meant to help people who get caught up in the system.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

College Behind Bars

Meet the incarcerated men and women enrolled in one of America's most rigorous college programs
By Fred Vigeant

Rural, urban Pennsylvanians join together to address criminal justice reform

People from Adams and Philadelphia counties are hoping their shared views on the criminal justice system can make a difference.

By Rachel McDevitt

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Updated: November 12, 2019 | 3:10 pm

From behind bars to the voting booth

Stories from Pa.’s formerly incarcerated and their journeys to the polls this year
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Updated: November 5, 2019 | 8:40 am

Marsy’s Law explained

Pennsylvania’s legislature passed the proposed amendment by wide margins, but it still faces organized opposition.

By Katie Meyer

How much does it help to expunge a criminal record? Western Pa. study seeks to find out

Harvard University’s Access to Justice Lab will follow people who get their records cleared over a seven-year period.
By An-Li Herring/WESA

Mumia case poised for new hearing, reopening widow’s wounds

“It’s not fair that I have to do this, just to be slapped in the face constantly with this case, over and over and over again,” Maureen Faulkner, 62, told The Associated Press this week. “I’m in a mental prison.”

By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

New risk-analysis approved for use by Pennsylvania judges

A state commission that creates sentencing policy for Pennsylvania’s criminal courts is approving a new risk-assessment formula to help judges determine which defendants aren’t likely to be violent reoffenders, but critics say it’s based on discriminatory data and could expand prison ranks.

By The Associated Press

Department of Corrections recommends changes to monitoring parolees after recent homicides

Internal report following a string of killings allegedly by people out on parole
By Brett Sholtis