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Decarceration as a public health priority in fight vs. coronavirus

Advocates say jails should be cleared of non-violent prisoners
By Joseph Darius Jaafari/PA Post

New fund helps Pa. abuse survivors pay for counseling without involving police

The $5 million set aside from the state’s general fund eliminates the requirement to file a police report and has no statute of limitation.
By Ximena Conde/WHYY

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Victim rights amendment, on hold since vote, heads to court

Commonwealth Court this week said a full panel of the court will hear oral argument in March about the so-called Marsy’s Law ballot question.

By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M to 564 clergy abuse victims

The tally is sure to grow in 2020 as compensation fund administrators work through a backlog of claims.

By Michael Rubinkam/Associated Press

Pa. voters approve Marsy’s Law by wide margin, but legal challenge could block it

It could take a year or longer to resolve whether victims’ rights measure is constitutional
By Katie Meyer/WITF

State Supreme Court confirms, Marsy’s Law votes won’t be certified

Voters can cast ballots on the proposed amendment, but the state won’t do an official count until courts decide whether the victims’ rights proposal is constitutional.
By Katie Meyer/WITF

Updated: 2019-11-05 08:40:26

Marsy’s Law explained

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

By Katie Meyer/WITF

Greensburg diocese pays $4.4M in abuse compensation to 57 victims

The Greensburg diocese says it paid $4,350,000, averaging out to about $75,000 for each claimant. It was unclear how people applied to the program or how many people were denied.

By The Associated Press

As Pa. compensation programs end, church victims wrestle with the price put on abuse

Some victims have used the program to put their fight with the church behind them. Others scoffed at the price tag put on their trauma. This is the story of two men who came to different conclusions.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY