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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - PA: Criminal Justice

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

Civil rights advocates say making Marcy’s Law part of the Pennsylvania state Constitution would threaten the due process rights of people accused of crimes. (motortion/Adobe Stock)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – An amendment to the state Constitution promoted as enshrining the rights of crime victims may be on the Pennsylvania ballot in November, but opponents fear it could do more harm than good. Marcy's Law passed in the Senate for the second time on Wednesday, but must be approv

Marsy’s Law could allow crime victims to deny access to evidence needed for the people accused of a crime to defend themselves. (ohioduidefense/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania's state Constitution claims to protect the rights of crime victims, but civil-liberties groups say existing state laws are much better suited to the task. The amendment known as Marsy's Law aims to grant crime victims enforceable rights

Pennsylvania's Clean Slate Act now allows records of some old criminal convictions to be sealed. (Activedia/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Many Pennsylvanians with old criminal records are now eligible to have those records sealed. The first phase of the state's Clean Slate Act went into effect the day after Christmas. That means people convicted of second-degree simple assault and some first-degree misdemeano

A new study finds those released from private, residential community-corrections centers are far more likely to be reincarcerated. (ErikaWittlieb/Pixbay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Privately run residential community-corrections centers in Pennsylvania don't live up to their claims of cost savings and effectiveness, according to new research. Community-corrections centers serve as halfway houses, where some people serve out the end of their prison sentences.

Pennsylvania prisoners have been advised not to use mail to communicate with their attorneys.(diegoattorney/pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Photocopying mail from attorneys to incarcerated clients violates the First Amendment, according to two lawsuits filed against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. The policy was instituted as part of a crackdown on visitation and mail sent to prisoners. All mail,

A new report on juvenile detention says adolescents are motivated more by rewards and incentives than by threats of punishment. (eric_urquhart/Twenty20)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report says reforming probation practices for juveniles could increase their chances for success. In the past 20 years, juvenile justice system reforms have led to far fewer young people being held in juvenile detention centers. But the report from The Annie E. Case

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