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New Study: Tougher Drug Laws Don’t Lead to Fewer Overdose Deaths

A recent study conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project found that harsher drug laws that put more people in jail do not help reduce overdose deaths or general drug use. These findings come in the immediate aftermath of President Donald J. Trump calling for harsher sentences for drug offenders, including the death […]

What Constitutes Supplying Alcohol to a Minor?

Under federal law, people under the age of 21 are prohibited from drinking alcohol, with some limited exceptions. Additionally, those who are 21 or older are prohibited from selling and, in some circumstances, providing alcohol to people who are underage. Below is some information to help you determine exactly what constitutes supplying alcohol to a […]

An Overview of Pennsylvania’s Open Container Laws

Open container laws are common throughout the United States. Their purpose is to prohibit the possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverages in open containers in passenger compartments of vehicles — even for people who are not driving the vehicle. Open container laws do not typically apply to any vehicles located on private property. They […]

College Republicans’ Panel Focuses on Treating Drug Criminals Rather Than Incarcerating Them

Penn College Republicans and Pennsylvania Young Republicans recently hosted a panel that discussed a variety of legislative reforms, including ways the criminal justice system could be improved. Panelists included former White House Counsel Jim Schultz, state Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-08), gubernatorial candidate and State Sen. Scott Wagner (R-PA) and Criminal Justice Task Force Director at […]

Death Penalty for Certain Drug Dealers? A Solution Suggested by the President

President Donald J. Trump has taken a hands-on approach to combating the opioid crisis in America, and at a recent rally revealed his latest idea for resolving the problem: the death penalty. Trump said he was inspired by his visit to China, which has the death penalty for certain drug crime offenders. His plans for […]

Police Bust Up Drug Trafficking Ring in Reading

Fifteen people were recently arrested for their role in operating an alleged drug trafficking organization that police say was responsible for selling $20 million worth of drugs throughout Berks County over the last year. District Attorney John Adams announced the results of “Operation Shattered,” which involved partnerships with local and state police in addition to […]

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants to End Life Without Parole Sentences

A legislator in Pennsylvania has kicked off an initiative to end life without parole prison sentences. If he is successful, Pennsylvania would be the very first state to remove life without parole as a possibility for any crime. Senate Bill 942 was introduced by Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) in October. A rally for the bill […]

Pennsylvania State Police Encourage Updating DUI Laws

Pennsylvania made medical marijuana legal a little more than a year ago, and dispensaries are beginning to pop up throughout the state. With these changes in drug laws, and with a national movement toward broader legalization of marijuana for both medical and recreational use, state law enforcement officials say lawmakers should prioritize updating Pennsylvania’s driving […]

Pennsylvania Gun Laws Have Hunting Loopholes

In a time when a great deal of national attention is focused on gun laws and access to firearms, Pennsylvania has come under criticism for loopholes that exist in the state’s gun laws. An unusual quirk of the law in Pennsylvania forbids people with certain criminal convictions from carrying guns. However, these same offenders can […]

Penalties for Shoplifting in Pennsylvania

Shoplifting in Pennsylvania comes with serious penalties, including fines and jail time. The degree of these penalties depends on the circumstances of the crime in question. Any merchant or business owner who has reason to believe an individual has shoplifted is legally allowed to detain that individual long enough to determine if a crime has […]

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