Crime and Justice

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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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New York State appears poised to take over funding of legal services for people who can’t afford a lawyer. 

A man in Rochester who pleaded guilty to recruiting for ISIL has been sentenced. Mufid Elfgeeh, the 31-year-old owner of a Rochester pizza shop, will serve 22 and a half years in prison. 

PA’s Top Cop Backs Body Cameras

Mar 2, 2016

 The head of Pennsylvania's State Police is noting his support of body cameras among troopers, though state lawmakers haven’t cleared a way for the devices yet. Commissioner Tyree Blocker tells lawmakers he’s waiting for changes in state law to clear up some of problems surrounding the cameras.

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UPDATE:  Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp. who was charged yesterday with orchestrating a conspiracy, has died in a car crash.

The fatal crash occurred Wednesday morning, the Oklahoma City Police Department said in Twitter.

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The police officers lined the marble steps inside the Capitol rotunda, and spilled onto a second level of stairs. They were there to be honored by the state for giving a life-saving drug to someone who was overdosing on heroin or another opioid like Oxycontin. In total, police statewide have reversed more than 635 overdoses in about 15 months.

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 Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay can't be with all of his officers, all the time. While they're driving their beat, responding to calls and policing the city, they're on their own. Negative reports, either by the officers or about the officers, are often he-said, she-said cases.

The head of the Pennsylvania State Police says its investigation into cheating at the agency’s training academy hasn’t wrapped up yet.  But Commissioner Tyree Blocker told a state House panel on Tuesday that his agency has “all the resources that we need to ensure that we will have some closure to this investigation at our academy.”

A statewide grand jury has found that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown concealed the sexual abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of priests and religious leaders for decades, giving known child molesters the chance to prey on additional victims.

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(NCPR) Veteran corrections officer Gene Palmer has been sentenced to six months in a county jail, bringing a long legal battle to an end. Palmer is the only prison guard known to have played a role in Richard Matt and David Sweat’s escape from Clinton Correctional Facility last summer.