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Plans for Criminal Justice Reform Announced

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Josh Shapiro, a candidate for the position of attorney general and currently chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency recently announced a plan to reform the state’s criminal justice system. This announcement is part of a general shift towards offering more diversionary programs and reducing recidivism nationwide. If implemented, these changes could… Read More »

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The Consequences of a Probation Violation

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In Pennsylvania, many of those convicted of criminal offenses are sentenced to parole. A parole order requires offenders to adhere to certain conditions, which could include supervision by a probation officer, treatment for drug and alcohol abuse and mandatory counseling. Failing to comply with all of the terms of a parole order can have… Read More »

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Reporting Drug Overdoses

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In Pennsylvania, those who report a drug overdose to a law enforcement agency are protected from prosecution, if as a result of the report, officers discover the caller’s use of drugs. This law was passed in an effort to encourage residents to report overdoses and potentially save the lives of thousands of individuals; so… Read More »

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New Law Allows for Expungement of Misdemeanor Criminal Records

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Next month, a new law which allows for expungement of certain criminal records will go into effect in Pennsylvania. Aimed at decreasing recidivism, the law offers an opportunity for many individuals convicted of low-level misdemeanors to start over with a clean slate. Expungement In recent decades, as more and more individuals were charged and… Read More »

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Components of Robbery Cases in Pennsylvania

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Robbery falls under the crime category of theft. However, while theft is typically taking personal property from another person without their consent, one of the components of robbery is the menacing part – usually, there is violence, force, or a threat of some sort involved in robbery. (Consider the difference between armed robbery and… Read More »

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