Category Archives: criminal justice

Report Finds Record Number of US Exonerations in 2015

By Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2015, with nearly 40 percent of the cases involving individuals who were exonerated in homicides, a new report shows. The National Registry of Exonerations said … Continue reading

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8th Annual Concert of H.O.P.E—April 16, Harrisburg

This fundraiser for CCU’s Prison Action Committee features gospel choirs and inspiring testimonies. When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 4-6pm Where: The Historic Grace United Methodist Church, 216 State St. Harrisburg, PA 17101 Learn more at http://www.ccuhbg.org/?tribe_events=gospel-concert-of-h-o-p-e

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For Youth, a Week of a Justice Supreme

From the Juvenile Law Center (http://www.jlc.org/): With little fanfare, from both the nation’s highest court and the country’s chief executive, this week saw a quiet revolution for youth justice, recognizing what we all know to be true: kids are not … Continue reading

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The Felony Homicide Rule in Juvenile Sentencing—March 14, Pittsburgh

The Pennsylvania Committee for the Analysis and Reform of Our Criminal System will hold its 2016 Annual Conference at the University of Pittsburgh Law School at 12:30, Monday, March 14. The subject will be “The Felony Homicide Rule in Juvenile Sentencing.” … Continue reading

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Thank the Attorney General for Report, Guiding Principles on Solitary Confinement

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): The Department of Justice released the Report and Recommendations Concerning the Use of Restrictive Housing, which includes more than fifty “Guiding Principles” for addressing the use of solitary confinement within all correctional … Continue reading

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DHS Settles Lawsuit Over Delayed Treatment of Mentally Ill Defendants

Posted at http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-01-28/disabilities/dhs-settles-lawsuit-over-delayed-treatment-of-mentally-ill-defendants/a50087-1 January 28, 2016 – Andrea Sears, Public News Service (PA) Play Audio in Browser Window HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania has agreed to make sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services to mentally ill persons facing … Continue reading

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Important First Steps to End Solitary Confinement for Youth in Federal Prisons

Posted at http://cfyj.org/news/blog/item/important-first-steps-to-end-solitary-confinement-for-youth-in-federal-prisons By Marcy Mistrett January 26, 2016 In a historic moment Monday, President Obama used his executive authority to end the use of solitary confinement for youth in the federal prison system. This action is incredibly important to the … Continue reading

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After Incarceration, What Next?

A broad bipartisan coalition on Capitol Hill has rallied behind a sweeping criminal justice overhaul aimed at ending mass incarceration, which costs the nation $80 billion per year, a plan that would slash the nation’s bloated prison population. But largely … Continue reading

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National Religious Organization Applauds Obama Administration for Historic Progress in Efforts to Confront Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons

From the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (http://www.nrcat.org): Reaffirms Moral Call for the Elimination of Prolonged Solitary Confinement WASHINGTON – Today, the National Religious Campaign Against Torture applauded the release of the Department of Justice Report and Recommendations Concerning the … Continue reading

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Call PA’s Senators to Support Sentencing Reform

From the National Council of Churches (http://www.ncccusa.org): On Monday evening President Obama announced an end to the use of solitary confinement for juveniles. This is also a part of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. Today, faith based advocates will … Continue reading

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