Criminal Justice


As another neighboring state moves forward on recreational marijuana, Pennsylvania remains stuck in neutral

With Ohio joining the ranks of sales-friendly states, advocates for doing the same in Pennsylvania are ramping up efforts.

Philadelphia Mayor's Race 2023

Cherelle Parker and David Oh face off in one-and-only Philly mayoral debate

Thursday morning’s debate offered candidates a rare chance to take jabs and spar over policy proposals

Campaigns & Elections

5 takeaways from Monday’s Philadelphia mayoral town hall

Cherelle Parker and David Oh answered voters’ questions in a rare forum before the Nov. 7 election

Criminal Justice

Opinion: It’s long past time to fully fund PA’s indigent defense systems

Pennsylvania remains one of two states that fails to provide funding for indigent defense.

Campaigns & Elections

Working Families Party endorses McCaffery in Supreme Court race

The endorsement comes amid an influx of contributions to the race from groups across the political spectrum who see the state’s highest court as a significant battleground


Opinion: Lawmakers have a chance to improve our broken probation system

Tonie Willis writes that state lawmakers should pass probation reform legislation when they return to session.


Google makes largest donation to date to Philadelphia reentry nonprofit

The funding will support services for women at Ardella’s House

Criminal Justice

Two years later, Marc Fogel remains in Russian prison

The Pennsylvania teacher’s case and lawmakers’ attempts to bring him home

Criminal Justice

The state Senate needs to rework probation reform legislation

A former public defender who is now with the ACLU explains why the chamber’s approach to the flashpoint issue is in need of a reboot.

Capitol Beat

PA State Police announce body camera pilot program

Troopers in Carlisle are testing out the body cameras ahead of a statewide rollout.

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Criminal Justice

Allegheny County Jail Oversight Board sued – by one of its own

Allegheny County Councilmember Bethany Hallam is demanding fellow board members attend meetings rather than send a surrogate

Capitol Beat

Five for Friday: Legislators’ fall focus

What issues Harrisburg lawmakers left on the table for the fall

General Assembly

Opinion: The probation system failed my son – it’s not too late to save others

Pam Sedia writes that Senate Bill 838 will save lives and save families.

General Assembly

Opinion: 10 ways to improve your disability hiring practices

There are numerous effective ways to improve inclusivity in the workplace – but commitment to change is key.

Health Care

Opinion: Policymakers should change course on xylazine

Peer support should be encouraged as an inexpensive intervention for addiction.


Philadelphia’s $6.2 billion budget – by the numbers

City Council gave initial approval to the budget Thursday, setting the stage for final approval of the term-limited mayor’s eighth and final budget.

Criminal Justice

Bills combating porch pirates and unknown AirTags advance out of Senate committee

The state Senate Judiciary Committee advanced three bills Tuesday morning.