Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

If a risk assessment tool suggested Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Luke Skywalker were highly likely to return to prison or cause trouble in society, should Pennsylvania use it?

That question, among others, confronted members of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Tuesday, as three days of public testimony kicked off in Philadelphia. Under scrutiny is the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument used to determine if an individual should be incarcerated or receive alternative sentencing.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Kenney, Wolf offer funds to help keep hospitals open

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) offered to cover $15 million of the debt accrued by Hahnemann hospital, according to a joint statement released Monday. They’re looking for matching funds from the federal government.
 
The Center City hospital is slated to close later this year, with owners claiming $300 million in debt, including $40 million to the city and state combined. The closure would cost over 2,500 jobs and create a major loss of coverage just north of City Hall.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Amid low turnout, Kenney holds off primary challenge, Republicans hold 3 seats in Harrisburg

Incumbent Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney beat back a primary challenge from Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) Tuesday, clearing the way for a second term. Meanwhile, Republicans retained control of two Senate seats and a spot in the state House, bringing their drought in 2019 special elections to an end.

Doug Mastriano and Joe Pittman won races to replace retiring Senators Don White (R-Indiana) and Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) respectively, while Marci Mustello defeated Democrat Sam Doctor to fill the seat vacated by embattled former Rep. Brian Ellis (R-Butler). Those victories come after Democrats regained control of two House seats and flipped a state Senate seat in special elections earlier this year.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates square off at CCP

Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates square off at CCP

Mayor Jim Kenney (D) met his two primary challengers Monday evening at a forum hosted by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists at the Community College of Philadelphia’s Center City campus. This was the first public face-off of the trio.

Journalists from print and broadcast outlets asked questions of Kenney, former city controller Alan Butkovitz, and state Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) one month before the May primary election.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Sen. Williams offers revisions to budget process during Philadelphia public comment session

Sen. Williams offers revisions to budget process during Philadelphia public comment session

Citizens gathered Monday afternoon in the City Council chambers of Philadelphia’s City Hall to address councilmembers as they sort out next year’s budget. While many advocated for specific plans and remediations, one offered critique and solutions for the overall process.

Sen. Anthony Williams (D) spoke at length to open the public comment session and challenged the current budget system of hearings and releases. Williams is opposing incumbent Mayor Jim Kenney (D) in May’s primary election.

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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