criminal justice

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Cherri Gregg
April 06, 2020 - 8:25 pm
As more COVID-19 cases are announced each day in Philadelphia, the First Judicial District is expected to implement new protocols for prioritizing expedited inmate releases from city jails. Read more here.
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Rebecca Smith holding her book, "Does He Still Love Me?"
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Kim Glovas
February 02, 2020 - 4:00 am
A La Salle University student took a hard look at what a child goes through when a parent is incarcerated — and then wrote a book about it. Read more here.
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An investigator, Jennifer Merrigan, and Theophalis "Bilaal" Wilson.
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January 24, 2020 - 4:00 am
A Philadelphia man is celebrating his freedom after serving 28 years behind bars for a triple murder he did not commit, and the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has apologized, citing prosecutorial misconduct. Read more here.
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Benjamin Lerner.
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Pat Loeb
January 04, 2020 - 4:00 am
When Benjamin Lerner became Philadelphia's chief public defender in 1975, he faced a stacked deck. Most Common Pleas judges were former assistant district attorneys or leaned heavily toward the prosecution. Read more here.
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Gov. Wolf Signs Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reinvestment Initiative Bills.
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Tony Romeo
December 19, 2019 - 4:00 am
Gov. Tom Wolf has signed into law two more bipartisan bills intended to reform Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system. Read more here.
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Governor Phil Murphy announces a five-point Computer Science for ALL State Plan and FY20 Funding Opportunities at Bridgewater-Raritan High School
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David Madden
December 18, 2019 - 3:15 pm
New Jersey will soon adopt major criminal justice reform, including the restoration of voting rights to some 80,000 people on probation or parole. Read more here.
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Philadelphia Police Department
Kristen Johanson
November 30, 2019 - 1:32 pm
Weaving through the criminal court system for many victims' families is a long, arduous and painful process, sometimes taking more than a year and a half for murder cases to be resolved. One father has been sitting in every hearing for two years to see the man accused of killing his daughter...
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George Trudel and Naomi Blount.
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Cherri Gregg
November 04, 2019 - 6:52 pm
Two former life sentence inmates started jobs Monday with the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons, and they'll be working to help reform the Commonwealth's commutation process. Read more here.
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump's book "Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People," discusses inequalities in the criminal justice system.
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October 20, 2019 - 8:56 am
The nationally known civil rights lawyer who represented the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Tamir Rice and others will be in Philadelphia Monday for a chat about his new book.
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Marijuana plant
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Justin Udo
October 16, 2019 - 6:19 pm
There's a push to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia-area state senators are working together in an effort to do just that.
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