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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Strikes Down Mandatory Minimum Sentences for Drug Dealing in School Zones

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently voted 3-2 to strike down mandatory minimum sentences for people found guilty of dealing drugs in a school zone. Some, including the Delaware County district attorney, have been extremely critical of the ruling, saying it will lead to eliminating almost all mandatory drug sentences in Pennsylvania — whether or not […]

Philadelphia Study Shows Repairing Vacant Houses Reduces Crime

A team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania recently looked at data from the Philadelphia police department and its Department of Licenses and Inspections to examine the correlation between crime and vacant, run-down housing. They found that the rates of drug and violent crimes decreased when property owners were compliant with city ordinances by […]

Pennsylvania Legislator Proposes New Habitual DUI Registry

A state lawmaker in Pennsylvania is pushing for a new measure that would create a brand-new registry of people considered “habitual” drunk drivers. One effect of the proposed new law would be that people listed on the registry would be unable to purchase alcohol anywhere in the state. State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks) is backing […]

Pennsylvania DUI Laws Among the Most Lenient in the US

A new study by WalletHub listed Pennsylvania as one of the most lenient states in the nation in terms of strictness of driving under the influence (DUI) laws. In analyzing and comparing DUI laws across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the organization determined Pennsylvania ranks 49th out of 51. Some of the […]


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