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The state representative will almost certainly be the city’s first Black mayor, and his victory follows a year of nationwide social upheaval over police and racial justice issues.
A disproportionate number of Black residents have left the city, and advocates say the next mayor needs to ensure greater access to housing.
Incumbent Bill Peduto’s policing record is under scrutiny after protests last summer. He is facing what may be his most competitive race yet.
Documents obtained by The Appeal raise questions about a Pittsburgh-area mass shooting case that fell apart due to prosecutorial misconduct.
An Appeal documentary on life without the possibility of parole—and its impact on loved ones—in the state.
In a lawsuit, the boy’s family said he was repeatedly suspended, secluded, and violently restrained before he was ever given a special education evaluation.
Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala has gotten into the surveillance game, but advocates say that raises questions about his role.
In 2017, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala prosecuted more than 1,700 low-level drug possession cases. More than $2 million in court-imposed debt was levied on people who were charged in these cases.
Under Pennsylvania’s drug delivery resulting in death statute, a man faces up to 40 years in prison for sharing heroin with a woman who overdosed.
In 2016 and 2017, more than 80 percent of children charged as adults by the Allegheny County district attorney were Black.
Advocates say these charges endanger sex workers and urge the police to stop using them.
Melissa Gira Grant
Despite looming questions about what happened, Jhenea Pratt is now facing life without parole.
About 51 percent of the people charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana in Allegheny County are Black.