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Esta muerte se produce en un momento precario en la campaña de Filadelfia para poner fin a su crisis de violencia con armas de fuego.
Philly’s strategy for solving violent crime relies on the public’s trust. The police killing of Eddie Irizarry, 27, threatens to strain that trust even more.
City officials argue that to keep killings on the decline, the Republican-led state Senate needs to pass stronger gun laws.
The U.S. has 78 million people with criminal records who face more than 40,000 legal restrictions and barriers to finding jobs and housing, according to a new survey.
In response to punitive sentencing laws, the state created a pilot program that offers young people rehabilitation instead of jail. Now, an effort is underway to make it permanent.
The legislation was prompted by a 2022 investigation by The Trace and VICE News.
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Offering cash for guns can be a quick way to get some firearms off the streets. Readers question whether the programs actually reduce violence.
Parents say that no one has been arrested for the murders of their children, even after they've passed along tips to the police. Now they're skeptical of a new campaign to locate homicide fugitives.
Public safety was the most important issue in this year’s mayoral race between Brandon Johnson and his tough-on-crime opponent, Paul Vallas.
A recent study found that a Philadelphia program can reduce shootings among participants by about half.
Fifteen months after the community’s last high-profile killing, Philadelphia’s largest university is still struggling to keep its people safe.
In neighborhoods that account for 43 percent of Philadelphia's shootings, residents are wary, with some only leaving their homes for essentials.
Laws to expand the technology's use have passed in three states and the District of Columbia. But some are questioning its effectiveness.
Danielle Outlaw heads a dwindling police force in a city that just logged 500 homicides, but Philadelphians from all walks of life are giving her the benefit of the doubt.
In the spring of 2020, Rochester, New York, was poised for genuine police reform. Then came a 911 call for a Black man in crisis.