Probation reform bill gets closer to a full House vote, but sees significant changes in committee

Probation reform bill gets closer to a full House vote, but sees significant changes in committee

A House committee advanced a pivotal package of criminal justice reforms for a full House vote on Monday, but not without amending some to include new measures that criminal justice advocates fear have watered down the legislation’s original intent. 

 

Led by chairman Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), the House Judiciary Committee reported out legislation that would have overhauled Pennsylvania’s probation and parole systems by capping the amount of time individuals can spend on parole, as well as a three-bill package designed to redirect more resources to county probation and parole efforts.  

Monday, December 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Photo Gallery: In packed ceremony Wolf, Fetterman light Capitol Christmas tree

Photo Gallery: In packed ceremony Wolf, Fetterman light Capitol Christmas tree

A slate of dignitaries, including Gov. Tom Wolf, First Lady Frances Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman kicked off the Capitol's holiday festivities Monday by lighting the rotunda Christmas tree.

The annual ceremony was replete with the Bishop McDevitt High School choir, speeches from Wolf and others and even an appearance from Santa Claus. The 18-foot tree, supplied by a farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, is adorned with almost 1,600 ornaments from preschool students and senior citizens.

Monday, December 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Pittsburgh City Council hears from residents on racism in the city

Pittsburgh City Council hears from residents on racism in the city

In an information-gathering effort ahead of a vote on anti-racist legislation, Pittsburgh City Council held a public hearing last week at Ebenezer Baptist Church to hear from Pittsburgh residents about way systemic racism has impacted their lives. After two hours of emotional testimony, it seemed clear that in many citizens’ minds the city has a long way to go before it will be truly considered a city for all. 

During the hearing those present shared anecdotes about bad experiences in education, employment, housing, and their own family histories. At the beginning of the hearing Mark Brentley, a Northside resident, took issue not only with system inequality, but with council itself. 
Monday, December 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Pittsburghers hold second climate strike

Pittsburghers hold second climate strike

Across the state students and advocates hosted climate strikes Friday to once again call on elected officials to take action on climate change.

Armed with signs and bundled for the chilly weather outside the city-county building, people gathered to share their concern over how climate change has already impacted Pittsburgh, their own lives, and their futures.  
Monday, December 9, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Tweets of the Week - December 2, 2019

Tweets of the Week - December 2, 2019

Check out the week as tweeted from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.
Friday, December 6, 2019/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
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