By Hannah Schaffer, Editor-in-Chief In December 2019, the Juvenile Justice Task Force was established by Governor Tom Wolf and Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor. The Juvenile Justice Task Force was co-chaired by Senator Lisa Baker, Senator Jay Costa, Representative Tarah Toohill and Representative Mike Zabel. Members of the Task […]
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Interest-of-Justice Hearings in Allegheny County
By Felicia Dusha, Feature Editor In December 2018, Congress passed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA), which amends the landmark Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 1974. Under this new law, a juvenile charged as an adult “shall not have sight or sound contact with adult inmates…and may not be held […]
Police Fragmentation: A Discussion on Consolidation
By Kyle Steenland, Feature Editor It’s no secret that Pennsylvania’s police department structure is one of the most fragmented in the country. Fragmented systems – meaning a structure of police departments without any central governing agency – result from municipalities, counties, and communities creating their own departments to provide for […]
Pennsylvania’s Response to the Increase in Human Trafficking
By: Stephen Hodzic, Staff Writer Pennsylvania’s human trafficking statute presents options to not only investigative and prosecute suspected cases of human trafficking, but also to provide restitution to victims in civil cases. Human trafficking is considered one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. While often considered to […]