Tender Years Bill Seeks Justice for Young Victims

PDAA Blog

As the Pennsylvania legislature finished the budget, it also passed HB 156, legislation which will help younger teenagers testify against their accusers, especially in cases of sexual and other forms of violence, including human trafficking. This legislation recognizes the trauma that young victims of crime often suffer and how that trauma makes testimony difficult.

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Celebrating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

PDAA Blog

As the voice of Pennsylvania’s prosecutors, the PDAA is pleased to partner with the victim services community to celebrate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 18-24, 2021). The purpose of this celebration resonates with prosecutors in particular because serving victims of crime, and ensuring their rights, is at the core of what we do. As long as there are offenders creating victims, we will continue fighting to make sure that the victims are treated with the dignity, fairness and respect they deserve.

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Every Prosecutor has a Story

PDAA Blog

On any given day, prosecutors assist police at crime scenes, hold the hands of victims, interview witnesses, negotiate with defense attorneys, and try cases in court. They engage with their communities by visiting schools and senior centers and service clubs and more. So we know what they do, but WHY do they do it?

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‘At first, it made me feel defensive:’ How Bucks County’s DA is confronting racism with local police

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Conversations about race and policing in Bucks County, which sharpened after the murder of George Floyd in May, gained more momentum after other high-profile deaths nationwide. These are challenging conversations, but we must prioritize them to find common understanding between our communities and the police officers who serve them. Here in Bucks County, we have been bringing people together on this issue since January in ways that have already had positive impact.

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PDAA commits to being a part of holistic and meaningful change

Statement by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association

We stand united with all who have condemned the heinous actions that led to the killing of George Floyd. We wholeheartedly echo the statement of the National District Attorneys Association of May 31. Racism and bias – whether explicit or implicit – must be eliminated. We have an important role to play in eliminating them.

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Police face even more peril during pandemic

Scranton Sunday Times-Tribune, republished on PDAA blog

In the age of COVID-19, law enforcement officers face even more danger and uncertainty as an unseen assailant – the novel coronavirus – lurks in the background of every call, every traffic stop and every encounter with the public. As we observe National Police Week, we recognize our brave men and women in blue who report for duty day in and day out to keep our communities safe.

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Recognition of and appreciation for our Correctional Officers

PDAA blog

Corrections officers patrol the toughest blocks in the country. Now they are tasked as public health officials ensuring that social distancing, cleaning, and other preventative measures are implemented—not for their own well-being—but for the health and safety of the inmates entrusted to their care.

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Stefanie Salavantis: The enemy within the home

Times Leader

While many of us are hunkered down at home to protect ourselves from coronavirus, there are many more people —including children — who are trapped at home and terrified that their next step up the stairs, down the hallway or the next word spoken will result in an unprovoked attack from the abuser living among them.

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Commutation discussion must be honest, frank

Meadville Tribune

Granting a commutation is a decision that can significantly reduce or even eliminate the criminal penalties of the most serious and violent offenders. When considered and done correctly, a commutation can be appropriate and fair. When done incorrectly, it can have very negative consequences.

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