Crime and Justice

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(NCPR) New York’s inspector general released a scathing report late Monday, blasting the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The report found widespread security lapses and breakdowns in oversight that led to last summer’s escape from Clinton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Dannemora, New York, located near the Canadian border.

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Governor Cuomo’s Inspector General found numerous security and oversight problems contributed to the prison break of two inmates last year from the state prison in Dannemora. 

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Several bills in the New York state legislature would extend or eliminate the criminal and/or civil statute of limitations for child sex abuse. Kathryn Robb with Massachusetts Citizens for Children, is a survivor of child sex abuse and an advocate for removing the criminal and civil statute of limitations.

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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) — A wealthy Southern Tier man on trial for a fourth time since his wife disappeared in 2001 has been found not guilty of murder.

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Current law in New York State gives victims of sexual abuse until the age of 23 to pursue either criminal charges or a civil lawsuit against their alleged abuser.

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All taxpayers in Pennsylvania pay for the state police, and the state police serves all taxpayers. It just serves some taxpayers a bit more. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, 1,287 of the 2,561 municipalities in Pennsylvania have no local police force. Those townships and boroughs rely entirely on the state police for all criminal, traffic and public safety proceedings. 

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A conference for the New York Tactical Officers Association is being held at the Turning Stone Resort this week. Various social justice groups from across the state are protesting the conference which they say contributes to the militarization of police departments.

Explainer: How Does PA’s Court System Work?

Apr 16, 2016
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Pennsylvania courts go almost as far back as the Commonwealth’s European history itself. William Penn established courts throughout the state in the 1600s. Back then, there was no Supreme Court and all final appeals had to go to England. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was established in 1722, but the organization and jurisdiction of the system continued to evolve over the next two and a half centuries.

(WXXI) Of the more than 490,000 identity theft complaints in the U.S. last year, just over 45 percent of them involved tax or wage theft. Tax refund theft happens when a criminal uses a stolen social security number to file a false tax return and claim a refund.

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Pennsylvania is nearly as harsh as Texas when it comes to punishing violent crimes, according to a new analysis. The findings rely on a new formula called the punishment rate, developed by the nonpartisan Pew Charitable Trusts.

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