criminal justice reform

Benjamin Lerner.
Courtesy of Benjamin Lerner
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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From left: Republican State House Marjority Leader Bryan Cutler and Gov. Tom Wolf
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Tony Romeo
December 16, 2019 - 10:51 am
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf and state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle Monday announced the creation of a task force to recommend reforms of the juvenile justice system a little less than a year from now. Read more here.
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Voting booths
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Andrew Kramer
November 25, 2019 - 5:11 pm
New Jerseyans who are on parole or probation would have their right to vote restored under a bill working through the Legislature. Read more here.
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Governor Phil Murphy announces recommendations from the Criminal Sentencing and Disposition Commission in Trenton on November 14, 2019.
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David Madden
November 15, 2019 - 12:35 pm
Leaders in Trenton vow to use the lame duck session of the New Jersey legislature to adopt many of the criminal justice reform suggestions made by a blue-ribbon panel.
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Philadelphia City Hall.
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Pat Loeb
November 06, 2019 - 1:37 pm
Hours after landslide election victories, Philadelphia's elected officials gave a clear indication of their priority for the next term, announcing that they are putting an additional $4 million into violence-prevention programs.
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Hundreds packed into the Bonnell Auditorium at Community College of Philadelphia Monday night for a forum on what the city needs in its next top cop.
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Cherri Gregg
October 29, 2019 - 4:00 am
Hundreds packed into the Bonnell Auditorium at Community College of Philadelphia Monday night for a forum on what the city needs in its next top cop.
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City Rep. Sheila Hess speaks at a B.PHL event at Entercom, KYW Newsradio's parent company.
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Pat Loeb
October 15, 2019 - 3:21 pm
A three-day festival to highlight Philadelphia's contribution to the innovation economy kicked off Tuesday morning, and the first topic was criminal justice reform.
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A lethal injection facility
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Cherri Gregg
September 11, 2019 - 2:33 pm
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on the state's death penalty, debating that the statute violates the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the state constitution. Read more here.
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Pennsylvania capitol building in Harrisburg
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Cherri Gregg
September 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday on two cases dealing with the death penalty. Philadelphia's district attorney wants the court to strike down the policy. Read more here.
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Sean Ellis spent 22 years in prison after a wrongful conviction
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AP News
September 03, 2019 - 10:56 am
Civil liberty groups and reform-minded district attorneys are pushing to bring greater transparency to the process of highlighting police officers who have committed misconduct and could undermine criminal cases if they took the stand.
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