tag | criminal justice

Franklin County D.A. creates race and equity advisory board

The board advises the district attorney’s office on matters of race in criminal justice.

By Anthony Orozco

Allegheny County DA defends ending deals with lawyer who called office racist

Stephen Zappala Jr. said his policy was meant to ensure consistent, evidence-based decisions “and avoid false claims of racism” against his office and its lawyers.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Meet the candidates in a crowded Lebanon City judicial race

Five candidates are vying for a seat in the northeast section of the city of Lebanon: James Capello, Aurelis Figueroa, Erik Itzen, Anthony Magaro and Sean Maguire.

By Alanna Elder

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Philly D.A. on Independent Lens

Go inside the emotional, high stakes work that Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and an ensemble of idealistic outsiders from different walks of life take on as they attempt a fundamental overhaul of an entrenched criminal justice system.

By Fred Vigeant

Report: Life sentences create ‘larger, older, sicker, more expensive’ prison population

In Pennsylvania, people can be convicted of felony-murder if they participate in a felony such as robbery or kidnapping that results in death.

By An-Li Herring/WESA

Harrisburg budget discussions end with slightly less additional funding for police department

Mayor Eric Papenfuse proposed a new community policing division to increase cooperation with residents. Opponents said the city should prioritize other services and the police department should provide more data on arrests and complaints before getting more money.

By Alanna Elder

Demonstrators in York call for releases from immigration detention

At a vigil outside York County Prison on Thursday evening, leaders from several groups spoke and played testimony from people who had been detained – or had loved ones detained – in the building across the parking lot.

By Alanna Elder