Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument

If a risk assessment tool suggested Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Luke Skywalker were highly likely to return to prison or cause trouble in society, should Pennsylvania use it?

That question, among others, confronted members of the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing Tuesday, as three days of public testimony kicked off in Philadelphia. Under scrutiny is the Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument used to determine if an individual should be incarcerated or receive alternative sentencing.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions

The diverse needs of transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania came into focus Wednesday at a House Democratic Policy Committee hearing in Souderton.
 
Rep. Steven Malagari (D-Montgomery) hosted the event in his district. The event brought together professionals and advocates from across the region. Officials from SEPTA discussed their plans to invest in new infrastructure, while township managers talked about the need to fund mandates for street travel, both by drivers and pedestrians.
Monday, August 19, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners voted to maintain their contracted purchase of new voting machines from Election Services and Software. They did so despite the protest of citizens and the city’s Controller, who is still investigating the transaction. 

The City Commissioners voted in February to order over 3,000 new machines to satisfy the state’s mandate for new machines by the 2020 elections. The proposal has been met with opposition and controversy, from the questionable history of the machines to possible bribery used to influence and win this contract.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform

Governor Tom Wolf (D) joined Mayor Jim Kenney (D), members of the General Assembly, City Council, and Congress Thursday in applauding the efforts of Philadelphia Police in arresting an alleged drug dealer in North Philadelphia Wednesday night. He also joined them in calling for more legislation to prevent such assaults on police from happening again. 
 
“I will continue to move forward with efforts to reduce gun violence to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent a situation like this from occurring again,” he said. “This type of terror should never happen in our commonwealth.”
Thursday, August 15, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris

Rep. Jordan Harris (D-Philadelphia) didn’t have much activity at his district office on Tuesday afternoon when The PLS Reporter sat down to speak with him. Over the weekend, he had hosted a few thousand residents at a street festival in South Philly. 

Residents got to talk about services with him and some city offices. However, Harris claims he hosts his annual summer event as a way to help his constituents just enjoy a day with their families without spending all the money demanded at amusement parks.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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