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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - PA: Criminal Justice

Cellphones have become important tools for documenting and deterring police misconduct. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia will pay $250,000 to settle two lawsuits brought by people who were restrained or arrested for recording police. The cases were part of a series of five filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of people who faced retaliation for photographing or reco

In 2015 Williams was raped multiple times by an inmate in Allegheny County Jail. (TheZachMorrisExperience/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County is being sued by a transgender woman who was sexually and verbally abused while in the county jail. Jules Williams has lived as a woman for years and her gender identity is affirmed by her state-issued identification and birth certificate. But according to Sar

Senate Bill 560 would remove requirements of Pennsylvania's Right to Know law for police body-camera footage. (North Charleston/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A bill that would limit public access to video captured on police body cams could soon come up for a vote in the state Senate. Under Senate Bill 560, anyone who wants to see police-recorded video would have to apply to the law-enforcement agency or district attorney for acces

More than 49,000 inmates currently are held in Pennsylvania state prisons. (ErikaWittlieb/pixabay.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Gov. Tom Wolf wants to close two state prisons to cut costs, but civil-rights advocates fear that could lead to overcrowding. Closing the prisons by June 30th could save the cash-strapped commonwealth as much as $160 million in the coming fiscal year. There are fewer prisoner

Jailing and fining students or parents for truancy can trap families in a cycle of debt. (pexels.com)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's new truancy law makes some major improvements, but puts poor families at risk of increased penalties that don't solve the problem, according to critics. The new law puts an emphasis on addressing root causes of truancy in the schools and dealing with cases on

Under SB976, those requesting body camera data would have to be able to identify everyone in the video before viewing it. (North Charleston/Flickr)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A measure approved by the state Senate would put severe restrictions on access to video recorded by police body cams. The amendment to the state's wiretap law was meant to overcome police concerns with recording audio and video in private homes. But according to Andy Hoover

Advocates say that inadequate legal defense is the leading cause of wrongful convictions. (Erika Wittlieb/Pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that people who use a public defender can sue if a county fails to adequately fund its public defenders' office. The decision overturns lower court rulings that had said criminal defendants aren't allowed to file lawsuits to protect their

The Mobile Justice App records video directly to ACLU Servers. (ACLUPA)

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Thousands of people have traveled to Philadelphia to rally and protest at the Democratic National Convention, and civil liberties advocates are on hand to be sure the protesters' rights are protected. Initially the city tried to ban marches on a main street connecting City Hall a

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