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Cynthia Alvarado was raped in jail before she was sentenced to life in prison for a murder she did not commit. Now that her sentence has been overturned, Alvarado is fighting for women like her.
Apr 18, 2022
Mar 22, 2022
This budget season, Philadelphia must hold our law enforcement accountable for their failures by redirecting resources to strategies that can help us.
Apr 15, 2021
Prosecutors across the country have begun declining low-level cases in an effort to reduce racial inequity and to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 12, 2021
Philadelphia’s top prosecutor has made good on promises to reduce incarceration in the city. His re-election bid will be a litmus test for the progressive prosecutor movement he helped start.
Mar 22, 2021
Community members and advocates question why Mayor Jim Kenney and the City Council continue to fund the police department at record levels, despite the department’s low murder solve rate.
Mar 01, 2021
The Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, which recorded and published the complaints, paid for the release of some incarcerated women on Saturday.
Dec 16, 2020
U.S Attorney William McSwain denies he’s targeted the social justice leader, but experts say prosecutors’ use of the man’s clothing and social media to argue that he should be detained pretrial is unusual.
Rachel M. Cohen
Dec 09, 2020
The city will give advocates 50 vacant homes to be used for permanent housing for low-income residents, according to a tentative agreement.
Sep 29, 2020
Although the agency has vacant properties, public housing has been out of reach for nearly a decade for many who need it.
Aug 06, 2020
Advocates say the pandemic has exacerbated the overdose crisis in the state by forcing people into isolation and impeding access to treatment.
Jul 06, 2020
The city’s clearance rate for murder, whose victims are disproportionately Black, has hovered around 40 percent for the last several years.
Jun 25, 2020
Safe and healthy communities start with less police and more investment in community services that work.
The city’s DA’s office and its public defender association urged judges to adopt video meetings to speed the release of incarcerated people. But emails obtained by The Appeal show that judges took a much more limited approach to decarceration.
Apr 10, 2020
The Metropolitan Police Department has discussed reducing arrests, but it has not formally announced any policy changes.
Mar 18, 2020
In a joint statement, they emphasized the need to reduce the number of people currently incarcerated in order to contain the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Mar 17, 2020
Research shows access to a trauma center is critical after a shooting. But as gun deaths are rising in Philly, one trauma center has closed. Experts say a rise in homicides may prompt more policing.
Nov 12, 2019
After more than two decades, Terrance Lewis was exonerated and released from prison earlier this year. He is now an advocate for other innocent people caught up in the criminal legal system.
Oct 09, 2019
The state’s narrow interpretation gives too much weight to voices that support a punitive criminal legal system, advocates say.
Oct 04, 2019
Nearly 20 years ago, Biden urged prosecutors to wield the ‘crack house‘ statute against rave promoters. Now it’s being used to stamp out public health responses to the opioid crisis.
Zachary A. Siegel
Sep 11, 2019
The decline under DA Larry Krasner, who took office in 2018, marks a significant change in juvenile justice in Pennsylvania.
Aug 30, 2019
A federal prosecutor in Pennsylvania blamed DA Larry Krasner for a bloody standoff, but the suspect has a long relationship with the government that includes a sentence reduction because of his cooperation.
Aug 21, 2019
Aug 16, 2019
A new report shows that a progressive approach, like the one advanced by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, can help decrease jail populations—and crime.
Aug 05, 2019
In California, Texas and Florida, advocates sent letters to district attorneys, demanding that they refuse to work with officers with histories of misconduct.
Jul 29, 2019
Lawmakers say Republicans used deceptive tactics to pass the controversial bill. The legislative record tells a different story.
Jul 25, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Larry Krasner says the punishment is ‘really about poverty’ and race.
Jul 15, 2019
With Appeal reporter Josh Vaughn
Adam H. Johnson
Jul 11, 2019
Krasner’s office acknowledges ‘there’s room to move forward and do more.’
Jun 25, 2019
Many jurisdictions across the country use video instead of holding bail hearings in person, a practice that often leads to dire consequences.
Jun 05, 2019
The city’s experiment with civil asset forfeiture was supposed to end, but the practices of its parking agency and some in state law enforcement suggest that police may be turning to other forms of property confiscation.
Nov 14, 2018
Campus police forces have become more professionalized, but critics say they operate behind a veil of secrecy and often exceed their jurisdiction.
Oct 15, 2018
Grassroots group VOCAL-NY is teaching people with substance use disorder how to avoid getting ensnared in the criminal justice system.
Aug 09, 2018
And padding city and state coffers with millions of dollars.
Aug 03, 2018
Jessica Brand, Ethan Brown
Apr 16, 2018
Maura Ewing, Daniel Denvir
Apr 09, 2018
Feb 16, 2018
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Jan 25, 2018
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Jan 16, 2018
Philadelphia implemented the “focused deterrence” model of gang policing, which includes the promise of critical social services. The reality is much different.
Dec 21, 2017
In Justice Roundup is my weekly debrief rounding up the justice news you need to know.
Nov 14, 2017
A pattern of scandals, misconduct, and federal reversals seem to plague the state’s district attorneys.
Nov 06, 2017
Glenn E. Martin
Nov 02, 2017
Oct 17, 2017
Vida B. Johnson
Aug 07, 2017
Jun 28, 2017
Jun 21, 2017