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Monthly Archives: December 2017

State’s New Strangulation Law Leads to More Felony Assault Charges

We are currently in the first full year under Pennsylvania’s new strangulation law. Since the first person was arrested under the law in January 2017, approximately 60 people have been charged with strangulation in Cumberland County alone. This caused felony assault charges to double in the county compared to 2016. This is consistent with statewide […]

Eagles Players Head to Harrisburg to Push Criminal Justice Reform

Philadelphia Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long and Torrey Smith recently traveled to Harrisburg to lobby the state legislature for criminal justice reform. The three are actively involved with The Players Coalition, which, among other things, is active in advocating for reforms to the criminal justice system nationwide. While in front of the legislature, they […]

State Lawmaker Pushes Marijuana Legalization After Study Shows Racial Disparity in Arrests

After a recent report reflected major racial disparities in the enforcement of marijuana crimes in Pennsylvania, State Rep. Ed Gainey of Pittsburgh decided to push to legalize (or at least decriminalize) the drug. A new resolution Rep. Gainey introduced into the state House of Representatives would “establish an advisory committee to conduct an ongoing study […]

Pennsylvania Legislature to Consider Bills to End License Suspensions for Non-Driving Offenses

Certain criminal offenses, including many drug crimes, may lead to the loss or suspension of a driver’s license in Pennsylvania. For example, those convicted of drug offenses and who serve several months in prison could complete their sentences and still have their licenses under suspension. There are now several bills pending in the Pennsylvania legislature […]


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