Crime and Justice

Charles Compton

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Sponsors of a proposed New York state law to make crimes targeting first responders punishable as hate crimes say the measure was inspired by an increase in fatalities among law enforcement. 

Sasha-Ann Simons, WXXI

Much to his disappointment, an extensive history of mental health issues did not work in the favor of Emanuel Lutchman in federal court Thursday. He was sentenced by Judge Frank Geraci, Jr. to 20 years in prison for plotting a New Year’s Eve machete attack at Merchants Grill in the name of ISIS.

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(Harrisburg) -- The Wolf administration is shutting down Pennsylvania's oldest prison--SCI Pittsburgh--capping nearly a month of intense arguments that followed the initial closure notice. 

Margaret Krauss

(Keystone Crossroads) The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) announced Thursday that State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh will shut down by June 30, 2017. 

Lindsey Lazarski, WHYY

(Keystone Crossroads) It’s been three weeks since the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) announced five prisons were being considered for closure: State Correctional Institutions Pittsburgh and Mercer in the western part of the state, and Waymart, Retreat, and Frackville in the east. More than 2,500 prisoners will be relocated to other prisons throughout the state. 

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Mexico has extradited to the United States its most notorious drug trafficker, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, according to statements from officials of both countries. 

Mike Groll / AP Photo


NEW YORK (AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is offering local governments guidance on how they can put laws and policies in place to limit their participation in federal immigration enforcement activities under the Trump administration. 

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The Tompkins County Sheriff's Department is in the middle of two big studies: whether to expand the jail and whether to merge with the Ithaca Police Department. WSKG talked with Sheriff Ken Lansing about both.

PA Department of Corrections

(Harrisburg) -- In a surprise announcement last week, the state said it would close two of its prisons. And while lawmakers and local leaders have begun discussing how the closures could affect their economies, civil rights groups have turned their attention to the conditions inside the prisons. 

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers will again face a proposal this year to lift the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes.