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Amid criticism, Pa. law enforcement confiscated $15 million in property in FY 18

This controversial legal mechanism allows police departments and district attorney offices to profit from property seized during arrests, even if a suspect is never convicted of a crime. This property — which is often tied to drug suspects — ranges from cash, cars and homes to jewelry and flat screen televisions.

By Ryan Briggs/WHYY

DA: Philly police sat on 37,000 untested drug samples, prosecutions in ‘crisis’ mode

Officials have known for well over a year that the PPD’s Office of Forensic Science, located at 8th and Poplar streets, couldn’t handle a workload that has grown as the city battles a fierce opioid crisis, along with other drug problems. But the untested samples now number more than 37,000, according to internal documents.  

By Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Max Marin/WHYY

Philly’s female cops sue police department over civil rights abuses every other month, records show

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Christa Hayburn said sexism is baked into the very marrow of the department.

By Max Marin/WHYY, Ryan Briggs/WHYY and Nina Feldman/WHYY

Safe to join Boy Scouts? Some parents say policy upgrades help prevent abuse

Some parents have fashioned their own protocols to ensure their children’s safety. Others say Boy Scouts of America has learned from past mistakes and has itself instituted policies that will protect their children.

By Nicholas Pugliese/WHYY and Ximena Conde/WHYY

Diocese of Harrisburg pays out $12 million to victims of clergy sex abuse

The diocese launched its compensation program in February. Those wishing to apply for compensation had to do so by mid-May.

By Ivey DeJesus/PennLive

Pa. Auditor General calls for more training, closer scrutiny of district judges

A former Erie County magisterial district judge’s misclassification of civil claims has sparked a call from the state’s auditor general for closer scrutiny of these local judges, as well as giving them more training.

By Jan Murphy/PennLive