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The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - PA: Criminal Justice

Revisions in SB 14 would make it easier to incarcerate people for technical violations of probation. (Pichsakul/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Criminal justice reform advocates say several changes to a bill meant to reform Pennsylvania's probation system would make the system worse. One of every 34 adults in the Keystone State is under community supervision, the third highest rate in the country. The original version

Under Pennsylvania law, 23 health conditions qualify for medical marijuana use. (H_Ko/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Can a county court prohibit registered medical marijuana patients on probation from using their approved medication? That's the question taken up by Pennsylvania's Supreme Court on Tuesday. Last September, Lebanon County announced that people under community supervision, such as

There are about 20,000 marijuana arrests in Pennsylvania each year, costing taxpayers an estimated $20 million. (New Africa/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Wide racial disparities in marijuana arrests continue across Pennsylvania, according to a new report. The ACLU report said 56 of Pennsylvania's 67 counties have racial disparities for marijuana-possession arrests that are higher than the national average. Despite similar rates of

About 100 people a day are admitted to the Allegheny County Jail. (LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS/Adobe Stock)

PITTSBURGH -- Releasing prisoners from the Allegheny County Jail would reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading inside the facility and in the community at large, say some elected officials and prison-reform advocates. And they're asking County Executive Rich Fitzgerald to pay attention. Abo

Judges are supposed to consider ten factors, including a person's ability to pay, when setting bail. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Civil liberties advocates say Philadelphia courts aren't following the rules for the use of cash bail, which is keeping people in jail just because they're poor. In the latest briefs filed in a 2019 class-action lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania has aske

A lawsuit filed against the Glen Mills School says children were subject to physical and emotional abuse, medical neglect and lack of education. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A class-action lawsuit charging abuse and inadequate education at a juvenile detention facility in Delaware County will be allowed to proceed. The ruling issued by a federal court on Friday means virtually all the claims against the Glen Mills School and state officials responsible

SB350 has provisions to help low-income people with past marijuana convictions participate in the recreational marijuana industry. (EKKAPON/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two state senators have introduced a bill that some are calling a model for recreational marijuana legalization. Senate Bill 350, introduced this week by Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia, and Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, is being hailed as one of the most far-reaching

Supervised consumption sites provide access to addiction services to help reduce drug use and overdose deaths. (fizkes/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court ruling in favor of a Philadelphia "safe consumption" site is being hailed as a major victory in the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic. The district court ruled Wednesday that Safehouse, a proposed site in Philadelphia where drugs could be used under

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