tag | criminal justice

Berks County judge: Man cannot be retried in 1996 slayings of 2 cousins

The judge last month dismissed the charges against 44-year-old Roderick Johnson, saying his initial trials were unfair and trying him again for the same crimes would violate federal double jeopardy laws, the Reading Eagle reported.

By The Associated Press

Could bringing back ‘gun court’ help abate gun violence in Philadelphia?

Roughly 16% of the city’s first 300 homicides also involved victims on probation.
By Ximena Conde/WHYY

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Pa. offering ‘safe return’ to some parolees who have violated supervision rules

As long as they don’t have any outstanding arrest warrants for new charges, they’ll likely return home afterwards.
By Aaron Moselle/WHYY

Report: Probation, parole ‘feed mass incarceration,’ and the ‘problem is particularly acute’ in Pa.

Pennsylvania is one of three states featured in a new report that details how probation and parole have swelled U.S. prison populations by “often [setting] people up to fail.” 

By An-Li Herring/WESA