Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
New prison mail policy sparks lawsuit from ACLU, advocates

New prison mail policy sparks lawsuit from ACLU, advocates

While the president may have received mixed reviews for his claim that “attorney client privilege is now a thing of the past,” civil rights advocates are backing up Pennsylvania inmates on the same concern with legal action.


Two lawsuits were filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections this week by the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, a Philadelphia law firm, and three criminal justice reform groups. The lawsuits are in response to a new policy that resulted from the 12 day long September prison lockdown.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
First round of school safety funding allocated to more than 250 districts, law enforcement agencies

First round of school safety funding allocated to more than 250 districts, law enforcement agencies

Pennsylvania handed out $8.4 million in school safety grants Thursday.

The money, separate from the $60 million allocated during the year’s budget, will aid 269 different school or law enforcement entities with reducing violence in and around schools, whether with school resource officers, training, metal detectors or ID systems.

“Parents and students deserve to have confidence that our classrooms are safe places for children and teachers,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement.
Friday, October 5, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
The American Civil Liberties Union and Abolitionist Law Center suing Pennsylvania over solitary confinement practices in prisons

The American Civil Liberties Union and Abolitionist Law Center suing Pennsylvania over solitary confinement practices in prisons

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Abolitionist Law Center are suing Pennsylvania for placing prisoners who have life sentences in solitary confinement anywhere from 22 to 24 hours per day.


The class-action lawsuit alleges that this practice is unconstitutional violating the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Monday, February 5, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
Categories: News and Views

Proposed legislation on “sanctuary cities” could have impact on Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

Pending state legislation that would punish so-called "sanctuary cities" could have an impact on Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
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