Lawyers sue again over prison overcrowding in Philadelphia

April 30, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The Philadelphia prison population hit a record high of more than 9,300 inmates earlier this month, and the jail system is now so overcrowded that more than 2,000 of them are confined three to a cell, according to a class-action lawsuit filed this week.”

Source: Lawyers sue again over prison overcrowding in Philadelphia

Tougher laws considered against attacks on homeless

April 29, 2008

USA Today reports, “A rise in attacks against homeless people in 2007 has more states considering harsher penalties in hate crime laws for attacking a homeless person.”

Source: Tougher laws considered against attacks on homeless

Hearing on Philadelphia’s gun-control laws postponed

April 28, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “A hearing Monday on a challenge to the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s new gun-control laws has been postponed until May 19.”

Source: Hearing on Philadelphia’s gun-control laws postponed

Racial bias up in police departments, group says

April 25, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “A national gathering of black law enforcement officers in Philadelphia yesterday said that racial and cultural bias has been increasing in police departments across the country.”

Source: Racial bias up in police departments, group says

NRA, fighting gun laws, calls for Nutter’s arrest

April 18, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Philadelphia’s latest effort to curb violence through gun control was temporarily blocked by a city judge yesterday in a ruling that both sides welcomed, and that left a National Rifle Association lawyer calling for Mayor Nutter’s arrest for ‘official oppression.'”

Source: NRA, fighting gun laws, calls for Nutter’s arrest

NRA to seek injunction against Phila. gun-control laws

April 17, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The National Rifle Association was scheduled to go before a Philadelphia judge this morning, seeking an order to block enforcement of a package of gun-control laws that City Council passed last week and that Mayor Nutter signed.”

Source: NRA to seek injunction against Phila. gun-control laws

Court cuts MOVE damages

April 15, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Nearly 23 years since the MOVE disaster, a federal appeals court yesterday further cut damages awarded to two dozen people whose homes were among the 61 rowhouses destroyed after police dropped a bomb on the radical group’s West Philadelphia headquarters.”

Source: Court cuts MOVE damages

Improving our schools is a smart way to empty our prisons

April 14, 2008

An Inquirer editorial reads, “n the same week this month, a study by a Washington criminal-justice think tank revealed that Philadelphia has the highest rate of incarceration in the country, while another study, by a Maryland-based nonprofit, reported that only half of Philadelphia’s students graduate from high school.”

Source: Improving our schools is a smart way to empty our prisons. Education – not incarceration

City police get stop-and-frisk lessons

April 14, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Department officials insist there is really nothing new to stop-and-frisk – the courts have long-established rules that set limits on pat-downs to protect the public from unreasonable searches.”

Source: City police get stop-and-frisk lessons

Perfectly Legal Immigrants, Until They Applied for Citizenship

April 14, 2008

The New York Times reports, “A growing group of legal immigrants who seek citizenship are running afoul of highly technical statutes and being threatened with expulsion.”

Source: Perfectly Legal Immigrants, Until They Applied for Citizenship

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