With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

With hearings to come, lawmakers stake out priorities on criminal justice reform

Legislators have made clear their intentions to continue efforts to trim Pennsylvania’s prison population, pointing to cost savings and the need to make the state’s criminal justice system more equitable.

But despite several major criminal justice reform measures already being introduced, the General Assembly is still in the early stages of charting its course forward on the matter. While none of the bills have gotten hearings as of yet, lawmakers have their sights set on altering the state’s probation system, moving away from cash bail and updating a major criminal justice law already on the books.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

PA legislators share swearing-in day on social media

It was a rare New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony to start the 203rd session of the Pennsylvania legislature. From the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Delaware River, representatives and senators joined in Harrisburg and vowed to uphold the laws and serve their constituents.

For some, it was the first day of a new job. Others returned for another term of elected service. Many shared the afternoon’s proceedings on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
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House committee advances grand jury suggestion missing from statute bill

House committee advances grand jury suggestion missing from statute bill

The House-amended statute of limitations bill may hit snags in the Senate by lacking two grand jury suggestions, but Wednesday a bill to address a third was advanced by state representatives in committee.

Rep. Todd Stephen’s (R-Montgomery) HB 2641 would create stricter punishments for not reporting child abuse or suspicions of child abuse, as the grand jury on Catholic sexual abuse suggested when released last month.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House remains torn on what to do to combat gun violence

House remains torn on what to do to combat gun violence

House members discussed potential legislation that limits access to guns and there was no consensus during the fifth gun policy public hearing Tuesday. 

House Bill 1400, the background check bill and House Bill 194, legislation that would ban assault weapons, got the most criticism from Rep. Rick Saccone (R- Allegheny) and Rep. Barry Jozwiak (R-Berks). 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Taylor Allen
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