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
Categories: News and Views
Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

Despite questions over a lack of hearing, House Judiciary approves Marsy's Law

The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would protect the rights of crime victims in the state’s constitution, despite objections from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and at least four committee members.

The amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, has been enacted in at least six other states. The Pennsylvania version, authored by Rep. Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland) would ensure victims have the right to be notified about court proceedings, be present at hearings and speak at plea and sentencing proceedings, among other rights.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Freshman Focus: Rep. Summer Lee

Freshman Focus: Rep. Summer Lee

Rep. Summer Lee (D-Allegheny) joined The PLS Reporter for our series "Freshman Focus." Find out what her goals are, why she decided to run and what she likes to do in her spare time.
Thursday, February 21, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Potential billions for Amazon draws criticisms from legislature

Despite a $4.6 billion offer, having two cities on the public shortlist and the decision to plant two locations instead of one, Pennsylvania did not land online retail giant Amazon’s second headquarters.

Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were named as finalists for the project earlier this year, which would have led to $5 billion in private investment and 50,000 jobs before the Amazon decided to split HQ2 between two locations.

However, the multibillion dollar incentives, combined with many local concessions, prompted bipartisan politicians to sound off with their displeasure with the offer.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Over anger of advocates, Pittsburgh city council approves UPMC hospital expansion

Much to the despair of community members, advocates and several elected officials, Pittsburgh City Council Tuesday approved by a 7-2 vote the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s request for a $2 billion dollar expansion.

Council approval came after weeks of public outcry from Pittsburgh residents who had issues with the health network’s treatment of its employees as well as the absence of a community benefits agreement, or community input in general, according to them.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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