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
VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

VIDEO: Tuesday brought multiple events and opinions on pipelines to the Capitol

Multiple legislators and advocates attended press conferences around the Capitol Tuesday morning where pipelines were seen in two differnt lights. 

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) led one press conference that focused on the benefits of pipelines, while across the Capitol, Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) hosted a group who were fighting for safe pipeline legislation and talked about the negative impacts some counties are seeing due to certain pipelines. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Bipartisan group of lawmakers pushes for Pennsylvania to join other states in reforming probation guidelines

Mirroring bipartisan efforts in over 30 other states, lawmakers from both parties unveiled a bill aimed at reducing the number of Pennsylvanians on probation Monday at the state Capitol.

Senate Bill 14 would standardize guidelines issued to county probation officers as to what constitutes a technical parole violation. It would also aim to curb those technical violations, cap the total length of probation ordered for a defendant and allow termination of parole for those who demonstrate good behavior.
Monday, January 28, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

Domestic abuser firearm restrictions awaits Wolf's signature

After two years of pushing for a bill to restrict domestic abusers access to firearms, Deb Marteslo, Pennsylvania lead for Moms Demand Action, was nervous before the last barrier to the governor’s desk — a final floor vote in the state Senate.

“We’ve been stymied so many times, I wasn’t allowing myself to think it’s a done deal,” Marteslo said.

But by a 43-5 bipartisan vote, the senators approved HB 2060, which mandates convicted domestic abusers give up their guns within 24 hours of a final protection from abuse order and limits who can hold onto them for safe keeping Wednesday.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf signs Tierne's Law

Gov. Wolf signs Tierne's Law

In an emotional ceremony with families of Pennsylvanians killed in cases of domestic violence, Governor Tom Wolf today signed Tierne’s Law into effect.


Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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