life-without-parole

Pa. Supreme Court will consider whether life without parole for second-degree murder is ‘cruel’

BY: - February 19, 2024

Pennsylvania is an outlier in sentencing people convicted of second-degree murder to  life in prison without the possibility of parole, advocates for ending the practice say.

A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s constitution would change how the state considers pardons

BY: - October 30, 2023

Pennsylvania's Board of Pardons must vote unanimously in order for a person to be recommended for a pardon. HB 1410 would change it to a simple majority.

Pa. Supreme court case challenges parole ban for felony-murder convictions

BY: - April 18, 2022

Lawyers for the appellants, who were teens when they were convicted and spent decades behind bars, call it a 'first-of-its-kind' case.

Philly DA Krasner: We’re doing ‘everything we can’ to fight rising violence against city women

BY: - November 23, 2021

The prosecutor's comments came days after a pregnant woman was shot dead while unloading baby shower gifts.

COMMENTARY

Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

People are aging and dying in prison, withering away to nothing with no chance of ever returning to the free world

COMMENTARY

Gov. Wolf can — and must — save the lives of our incarcerated loved ones | Opinion

BY: - February 21, 2021

During a pandemic, prisons are deadly. The nature of confinement makes it almost impossible for people to practice social distancing

These crime victims have lost loved ones to murder — and to prison. That’s why they want to end life without parole in Pennsylvania 

BY: - August 27, 2019

The move faces staunch opposition from the Office of the Victim Advocate, Pennsylvania’s official victim advocacy agency.