Criminal Justice


How a Man Sentenced to Life as a Teen Became the Philly DA’s Artist in Residence

In 1993, James Hough was convicted of first-degree murder for shooting a man on the street in Pittsburgh. When it came time for sentencing, he […]

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Larry Krasner vs. Everybody: Inside the Philly DA’s Crusade to Revolutionize Criminal Justice

Shortly after U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain took office in April 2018, he met with Larry Krasner. McSwain, his close-cropped hair and ramrod posture reflecting his […]


DA’s Office to Axios: You Got Our Drug Arrest Policy Completely Wrong

Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner may be a local official, but as any skim through the New Yorker, the New York Times magazine, and Newsweek would […]

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How Meek Mill Became a Movement

It’s the afternoon before Super Bowl LIII in downtown Atlanta, and the College Football Hall of Fame is hosting a party for sports-apparel giant Fanatics. […]

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Report Calls for Vast Reform of Pennsylvania Death Penalty

A long-awaited study on the state of the death penalty in Pennsylvania was released on Monday. The report — recommended by the Pennsylvania General Assembly seven years ago […]


How the “Stand With Meek Mill” Movement Got Hijacked

What had the potential to become a powerful disruption to our justice system has become an all-star farce. On Monday, as fans and organizers united […]


Larry Krasner’s Social Justice Warrior Pass Is Hereby Revoked

One of most annoying things about the post-election/pre-inauguration cycle is the endless rounds of public celebration. Next to the fans of Super Bowl champions, I […]


John Legend Teams With Penn on Criminal Justice Reform

Ten-time Grammy award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania alum John Legend is joining the advisory board of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of […]

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Charles Koch Foundation Gives $2.2M to Penn Law School

The foundation founded by Charles Koch, known for his financial dedication to libertarian and conservative causes, is donating $2.2 million to Penn Law. The money will […]


Did Tarnished Philly Judge Violate Code of Conduct by Donating to Trump?

You’d think Philadelphia Common Pleas Senior Judge Allan Tereshko would play it safe nowadays, after what happened four years ago. Back in 2012, a judge on […]


Two Injured in Elevator Mishaps at Criminal Justice Center

A middle-aged woman was sent to the hospital after an elevator she was riding at the Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice fell on […]


Former Philly Black Panther Serving Life Sentence Wins $99K Settlement

Just as the New Black Panther Party is enjoying a newfound surge in publicity, a former member of the old Black Panther Party is enjoying […]


Bill Decriminalizing Nuisance Offenses Advances in Council

A City Council committee approved a bill on Wednesday that would let police handle certain nuisance offenses like disorderly conduct or blocking the highway without making arrests […]


Philly’s Court-Appointed Attorneys Are Getting Screwed

If the world has learned anything from Saul Goodman, it’s that the road to prosperity sure as hell isn’t paved in the salaries of court-appointed attorneys. […]


D.A.’s Office Enlisting Volunteers to Help Wayward Youths

Let’s say you’re a kid, all of 15 or 16, and you get caught doing something stupid. (Go ahead, think back to being that age. […]