Posts Tagged ‘criminal justice’

When violent crime decreases, you would think police would have an easier time of it. You would think that fewer violent offenses would mean fewer violent interactions between cops and citizens. Well, as numbers show in Philadelphia, that isn’t necessarily the case. Read the rest of this entry »

In the last three years, Philly police are exercising their ability to “stop and frisk” citizens less frequently. But according to the ACLU, they are still doing it without just cause. According to, the department says the stops aren’t illegal or even a problem, but the documentation after the fact may be. Read the rest of this entry »

A criminal conviction can haunt you for years. And while Pennsylvania schools already limited who could get employment within the system following a conviction, Act 24, a newer law, places a lifetime ban on those convicted of numerous offenses. Read the rest of this entry »

A bipartisan work group, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, was presented with the findings of a five-month analysis, studying ways to make the state safer while simultaneously saving money. The research, completed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center in partnership with the Pew Center on the States and the U.S. Department of Justice, showed that the state could save about $351 million and reinvest $88 million into public safety over a 5 year period. Read the rest of this entry »