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Residents raise concerns about bias in Allegheny County’s automated decision-making tools

Allegheny County employs data-driven algorithms to guide criminal justice, law enforcement, and child welfare decisions.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Public defenders’ firings in protested amid bail reform push in Montgomery County

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the American Council of Chief Defenders have condemned the firings.
By The Associated Press

Can algorithms help judges make fair decisions?

In 2010, the state panel worked on an algorithm, a formula, that would allow a computer to predict how likely a person was to commit another crime and recommend when judges should get more information about a case.

By Alan Yu/WHYY

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Lawmakers, educators, prosecutors and more will study Pa.’s juvenile justice issues

Governor Tom Wolf says the goal is to make sure more young offenders leave the criminal system and stay out.

By Katie Meyer

Gov. Wolf to follow through on plan to close state prison

SCI Retreat, about 10 miles west of Wilkes-Barre, has about 400 employees and about 940 inmates.

By The Associated Press

Pa. moves to close another prison as incarceration rates drop

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections plans to shutter Retreat in light of the state’s rapidly declining inmate population and a $140 million hole in the agency’s budget.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY

Christians Pray At a Discount: Muslim inmates charged more for religious texts

A PA Post review of county jails' commissaries finds that Muslim inmates meet financial barriers to practicing their religion.
By Joseph Darius Jaafari

Despite controversial amendments, House passes justice reinvestment bills

The measures now go back to the Senate, where members will vote to concur with, or reject the amendments.
By Katie Meyer