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State House moves to protect prison guards by cracking down on inmates

Among other things, the measures would impose longer sentences for assaulting guards, and punish inmates for a broader range of crimes.
By Katie Meyer

Pennsylvania will stop keeping death-row inmates in indefinite solitary confinement

They’ll now get at least 42½ hours per week out of their cell, and will be allowed to eat and attend religious services with other inmates.  
By Katie Meyer

State Supreme Court confirms, Marsy’s Law votes won’t be certified

Voters can cast ballots on the proposed amendment, but the state won’t do an official count until courts decide whether the victims’ rights proposal is constitutional.
By Katie Meyer

In unprecedented move, judge blocks Marsy’s Law ballots from being counted—for now

The ACLU and other groups had argued the victims’ rights constitutional amendment is too broad and could compromise the rights of the accused. The judge agreed.
By Katie Meyer

Updated: November 5, 2019 | 8:40 am

Marsy’s Law explained

Pennsylvania’s legislature passed the proposed amendment by wide margins, but it still faces organized opposition.

By Katie Meyer

ACLU files last-minute suit arguing Marsy’s Law amendment is unconstitutional

Marsy’s Law would insert a bill of rights for crime victims in Pennsylvania’s constitution. The ACLU thinks it’s too sweeping and would need to be broken into parts. 
By Katie Meyer

ACLU says a Lebanon County medical marijuana policy violates state law

The group’s Pennsylvania chapter is suing the county in hopes it will allow people on probation to use medical cannabis.
By Katie Meyer

ACLU ends longstanding public defense case, says larger issues persist

Most counties "simply do not provide anywhere near the necessary funding to run a constitutionally-adequate public defender office."
By Katie Meyer

Updated: February 22, 2019 | 7:05 pm

Pa. Corrections Department settling lawsuit over contentious legal mail policy

The DOC has confirmed it will stop photocopying inmates’ legal mail and go back to giving them original copies.

By Katie Meyer

Updated: February 21, 2019 | 8:06 am

Is Pa.’s prison mail policy legal? It might depend (in part) on how fast guards can read

Instead of directly giving inmates letters from their lawyers, mail is now photocopied and the prison temporarily retains the original.
By Katie Meyer