criminal justice

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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Flashpoint
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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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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Pat Loeb
August 19, 2019 - 3:29 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is creating a new city office to coordinate services for formerly incarcerated people who are returning to the community. The Office of Reentry Partnerships will be led by Bianca van Heydoorn, currently at Temple University. She'll report...
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District Attorney Larry Krasner wants the state Supreme Court to rule Pennsylvania’s death penalty unconstitutional.
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Kristen Johanson
July 16, 2019 - 3:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s district attorney wants the state Supreme Court to rule Pennsylvania’s death penalty unconstitutional. He says it comes down to race and poverty, and he is using one Philadelphia case to advocate for the cause. Surrounded by fellow prosecutors and...
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Andrew Kramer
July 15, 2019 - 9:20 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After spending the last few decades in prison, a Philadelphia man convicted of murder in 1991 is now free. A jury found Chester Hollman guilty of murdering a University of Pennsylvania student not far from Rittenhouse Square and he was sentenced to life in prison. "...
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N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal
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David Madden
April 11, 2019 - 1:09 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Two major policy changes are being implemented in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, following a year-long review by a panel of law enforcement and justice experts. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is adopting the bottom-line findings of the panel and establishing...
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Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor appointed Brandon Flood, a political insider in Harrisburg and a former inmate, to be new secretary of the Board of Pardons.
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Cherri Gregg
April 08, 2019 - 3:41 pm
HARRISBURG (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor appointed Brandon Flood, a political insider in Harrisburg and a former inmate, to be new secretary of the Board of Pardons. "Many of you are just now learning about my criminal past, and I was deliberate in doing that," Brandon J...
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Bail.
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David Madden
April 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Two years in, New Jersey criminal justice officials are looking into how well bail reform efforts are working out. Bottom line? They’re making progress but there’s more work to do. The plan is to make sure suspects without the means to cover cash bail for nonviolent...
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Meek Mill was the final speaker at a rally Pennsylvania House Bill 1925. With bipartisan support, the proposed law would likely cap probation and parole time and provide fixes to a system that reincarcerates thousands for technical vioaltions.
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Cherri Gregg
April 03, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's a new bipartisan effort to reform probation and parole inspired by rapper Meek Mill, and Pennsylvania lawmakers joined criminal justice reform advocates for a press conference outside of the Municipal Services Building on Tuesday. "I hate that it's me, a...
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The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has launched a first of its kind support group for men and women who did time behind bars for crimes they did not commit, and the kickoff meeting was in North Philadelphia.
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Cherri Gregg
March 13, 2019 - 6:28 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Innocence Project has launched a first of its kind support group for men and women who did time behind bars for crimes they did not commit, and the kickoff meeting was in North Philadelphia. "When I tell people they do the same thing you did, with the...
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