Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works

After nearly two years of meetings, tours, and discussions, lawmakers seeking to improve conditions for women in state correctional facilities may be close to introducing an omnibus bill.  

The process started with 15 different bills proposed in early 2018. This fall, both chambers may see one bill with five key recommendations submitted. 
Friday, October 11, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

With legalization in doubt, Democrats eye expedited pardons for marijuana convictions

Last week, Republican leaders in the General Assembly were clear about their stance on legalizing recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: it’s not happening anytime soon.

 

And while Democrats will likely continue to levy pressure on their GOP colleagues, one state board plans to act on its own to provide relief to those with weighed down by consequences from past marijuana convictions.

Monday, September 30, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views

Legislators join activists in probation reform rally

Tuesday morning started with a big crowd of citizens and lawmakers filling the main rotunda’s staircase to draw attention to what they believe are onerous and harmful probation laws in Pennsylvania.
 
Members from both chambers and both parties showed support with FAMM, a national organization against mandatory minimums and the challenges created by punitive probationary rules. Joining the event was CNN commentator Van Jones, who has been involved with criminal justice reform efforts on his weekly program.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Following recent murders, Department of Corrections outlines parole changes

Following recent murders, Department of Corrections outlines parole changes

Following a string of murders linked to state parolees, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is seeking both policy and legislative changes to how the state monitors individuals on parole.

 

The recommended changes come after the DOC launched an internal review of five state parolees who are accused of committing six murders within a 10-day stretch from May to June.

Thursday, August 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Governor Tom Wolf (D) joined Mayor Jim Kenney (D), members of the General Assembly, City Council, and Congress Thursday in applauding the efforts of Philadelphia Police in arresting an alleged drug dealer in North Philadelphia Wednesday night. He also joined them in calling for more legislation to prevent such assaults on police from happening again. 
 
“I will continue to move forward with efforts to reduce gun violence to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent a situation like this from occurring again,” he said. “This type of terror should never happen in our commonwealth.”
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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