ACLU calls for reduction in “redundant” criminal offenses

ACLU calls for reduction in “redundant” criminal offenses

Is the Pennsylvania Crimes Code in need of a re-write?

 

That’s the opinion of researchers at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, who suggest that a decades-long expansion of the Pa. Crimes Code is driving incarceration in the state.

Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

With SCI Retreat slated for potential closures, lawmakers are grappling with the future of the state's prison system

The recent announcement that a state correctional facility in Luzerne County is set for closure has sparked a scramble among lawmakers, area residents and unions to keep the prison open.

But as concerns over the closure of SCI Retreat largely focus on the impact of an economically depressed part of the state, many are questioning the moral ramifications of using prisons as economic stimulants in the first place.
Monday, October 14, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: Features
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
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
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