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Much attention has been paid to certain First Step Act reforms and their impacts on those serving prison sentences, but two less-heralded programs created by the law could drastically reduce sentences for large swaths of the current prison population, say Addy Schmitt and Ian Herbert of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
Calls to make immigration judges independent from the executive branch are growing louder following sweeping policy changes under the Trump administration.
After spending two years providing low-income tenants facing possible eviction with pro bono legal representation, Philadelphia's mayor and City Council are taking steps to make the pilot program permanent.
A blockbuster decision last month that a secret non-prosecution deal between the government and a millionaire sex offender violated the Crime Victims Rights Act highlights the importance of making sure victims have a seat at the table, experts say.
Josh Glenn should have been going to high school when he turned 17, but instead he was sitting in a Philadelphia jail cell after his family was unable to afford bail. More than a decade later, he's joined the ACLU in a newly filed lawsuit challenging allegedly excessive bail practices on the part of Philadelphia judges.