Crime and Justice

(Harrisburg) -- The Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, which represents the state's prosecutors, has released a set of "best practice" guidelines on how to handle police-involved shootings. 

PA's "Porn Report" Won't Name Names

Nov 22, 2016
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(Harrisburg) -- For months, a certain report has been hanging over the state Attorney General's office. The Gansler Report--or as many know it, simply "the porn report" was ordered by former AG Kathleen Kane in an effort to find out if pornography or other offensive material was being exchanged on government email servers. 

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(WRVO) Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has directed the New York State Police to create a hate crime investigation unit, in response to a number of racial incidents reported around the state since the presidential election Nov. 8.

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(WRVO) Siena Research Institute has released results of a survey that shows just how pervasive cyberbullying  is among teens across upstate New York. 

Activists Push To End Solitary Confinement For Teens

Nov 16, 2016
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(WRVO) The fight to end the practice of putting teens in solitary confinement at the Onondaga County Justice Center continues, and it’s taking place on two fronts. 

The president of the Student Assembly for the SUNY System along with the president of the SUNY Geneseo government  have issued a joint statement on hate speech.

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With only a few days left in session and a lot of proposals to address, the state Capitol is currently a hectic place. But in the flurry of activity, several advocacy groups have latched onto one particular measure: House Bill 1538. 

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The state's child-abuse hotline has faced criticism over tens of thousands of unanswered calls. Now, the state's auditor general says management of ChildLine is improving, but issues remain. 

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(WXXI) U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stood with survivors of trafficking, advocacy groups and the police department to announce new bipartisan legislation. The bill, called the Trafficking Survivors Relief Act of 2016, would clear criminal records of victims of human trafficking.

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In a win for environmentalists and municipalities, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has struck down  a number of provisions to the state’s oil and gas law. At issue were several items related to the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Robinson v. Commonwealth, the controversial and wide ranging environmental ruling that eliminated parts of the state’s revised oil and gas law, known as Act 13.  

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