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Traffic Citations in Pennsylvania

According to this data, last year, one in 10 drivers received a traffic citation. And by these statistics — slow down if you are a male between the ages of 20-29 driving a black car in the Spring! Data collected by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts shows more than 5.6 million total traffic violations were issued… Continue Reading

Decriminalizing Mental Illness

Over the last 30 years, the U. S. prison system has become home to more than 350,000 individuals living with a severe mental illness — that is 10 times the number of patients that receive treatment in state psychiatric hospitals. Our under-resourced, and overcrowded jails and prisons are not equipped to support these individuals, and… Continue Reading

Changing Criminal Justice for Young Adults

  Vincent Schiraldi, Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice, testified before the Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of changing the way the state handles young adults when they run afoul of the law. Vermont is considering raising the age of their family courts’ jurisdiction so that young people up to… Continue Reading

Drug Possession in Bucks County Pennsylvania

There are many thousands of drug related arrests in Pennsylvania each year. In Bucks County, PA, it is a crime to knowingly and intentionally possess illegal or controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, and other drugs Additionally, drug manufacturing of any controlled substance is also against the law. Some common examples drug manufacturing are… Continue Reading