A New Legal Battle Over Cash Bail

Civil rights advocates allege defendants are stuck in Philadelphia jails as court officials flout state guidelines.

Reworking Probation as Part of Criminal Justice Reform

As states reduce prison sentences and try to limit the number of people incarcerated, governors say they also must drill down into the next steps needed to help people remake their lives.

Pennsylvania Governor Says Workforce Training ‘Must Break From the Status Quo’

A new audit found that there is a lot of room for improvement with the state’s workforce programs.

Philly Mayor Deleted Years of Text Messages

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | W.Va. teachers strike … Alaska cold case leads to arrest in Maine using genetic genealogy … and the Cincinnati City Council’s attendance record.

Impeachment Petitions Prompt Response From Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Indiana bill would scrap child-labor rules … Pacific Northwest measles update … and N.J. offshore wind geophysical surveying.

Pennsylvania Pension Commission Flags Upwards of $1 Billion in Investment Costs for One Year

The sum earned by investment managers from one pension fund exceeded employee contributions for the same period.

Cities Seek to Align ‘Opportunity Zone’ Capital With Local Priorities

"There's a lot of work to do here that tax-advantaged capital will not do by itself,” says urban policy expert Bruce Katz.

Pennsylvania’s Broadband Challenges Are Worse Than Thought

Researchers at Penn State University find stark differences between advertised speeds and actual connectivity.

To Buyout or Not: What We Learned From Floods In Pennsylvania

COMMENTARY | Only 186 of 2,571 communities in Pennsylvania are considered “safe from high water." How officials reacted to severe flooding in 2011 has lessons for state and local officials across the nation.

Campaign to Automatically Expunge Criminal Convictions Targets States

“This is the epitome of the failed big government system, the criminal justice system,” said the senior vice president of Koch Industries, an advocate in the fight to expunge and seal criminal records.

In Cities Rejected by Amazon, Some See Upsides to ‘HQ2’ Process

“It wasn't just a sense of winners and losers in this,” says Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, of Gary, Indiana.

Thousands of Pennsylvania Hospitalizations Related to Opioid Use

Opioids are frequently a contributing factor to hospitalizations in Pennsylvania, and not just with overdoses, according to new data.

Cemetery Case Could Change Path for Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in Knick v. Township of Scott, which has implications for how challenges over governmental "taking" make it to federal court.

Spending Millions to Stop the Spread of a Destructive Insect Invader

Southeastern Pennsylvania is ground zero for an invasive species outbreak that’s threatening trees and crops. Can it be contained?

Pennsylvania Governor's Views on Recreational Marijuana Diverge From His Allies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dallas City Council member indicted … pipe dream for new Ala. interstate … and a frustrated city manager leaves job due to armchair quarterbacks.

Voter Registration Increases Among Young People

A state-by-state analysis of voter registration data found a nationwide 2.16 percent increase among people ages 18-29.

Pennsylvania Law Will Automatically Seal Some Criminal Records

Gov. Tom Wolf signed the "clean slate" legislation on Thursday. Other states are eying similar bills.

What a ‘State of Fiscal Crisis’ Will Bring in Harrisburg

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Spokane eliminates parking minimums in some areas … Florida audit looks at state procurement cards … and Columbus passes new anti-panhandling law.