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2017

PDAA Mourns Susquehanna District Attorney Bob Klein’s Passing

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association President and Berks County District Attorney John Adams today issued the following statement upon news of the death of Susquehanna County District Attorney Bob Klein: “There is great sorrow throughout Pennsylvania’s legal community today. Among his fellow prosecutors and the defense bar alike Bob Klein was known as hardworking, fair, and just.  Bob

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Pa. Law-Enforcement, Medical Professionals Team Up for Solution-Driven Anti-Opioid Response

OverdoseFreePa.org as its first, statewide collaborative project By now, we’ve all seen the harrowing statistics: 4,642: Deaths last year in Pennsylvania from drug overdose, with the misuse and diversion of opioid medications to blame in many cases. 3,300: The number of people who died due to overdose or opioids since 2015. 3,000+: The number of doses of life-saving naloxone administered. These figures alone are scary. 

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Unique Tool Helps Law Enforcement Solve Cases And Combat Crime

Written by Jim Martin, Lehigh County District Attorney and Julia Kocis, Director of the Lehigh County Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center (RIIC) The difficult and overwhelming realities of the opioid/heroin crisis are the subject of intense focus and concern for citizens and law enforcement. Unfortunately, it is not the first crisis situation to impact the safety and security of our communities

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Testimony of John Adams, Berks County District Attorney President, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Before the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission Regarding Proposed Changes Regarding Fentanyl to Sentencing Guidelines

My name is John Adams, and I am the President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and the District Attorney in Berks County.  I appreciate the opportunity to appear before the Sentencing Commission today to discuss the proposed change to the Guidelines to increase the Offense Gravity Scores for drug delivery crimes involving fentanyl, an extraordinarily dangerous and deadly synthetic

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PDAA Issues Statement on Fixes to PA Megan’s Law

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association President and Berks County District Attorney John Adams today released the statement below after a bill to fix the state’s sex offender registry (Megan’s Law) was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee: “PDAA thanks members of the House Judiciary Committee for passing HB 1952, which will ensure that tens of thousands of

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District Attorney 2017 Election Results

Among the candidates on the November 7, 2017 ballot were District Attorney offices in 18 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Additionally, four current District Attorneys were elected to the Court of Common Please in their respective counties. The following are the unofficial results of those elections. District Attorneys and county elections offices and/or websites provided this information. New District Attorneys are

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PA Report Refutes Death Penalty Myths

No racial bias in prosecutor decisions or defendants who receive death penalties found by Penn State Study Harrisburg, PA – A study on capital punishment decisions in Pennsylvania found there is no racial bias in prosecutors’ decisions or in defendants who receive death penalty sentences. The findings of the report are in direct contrast to the racial-bias narrative pushed for years

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FBI Uniform Crime Report Gives us Little to Cheer

Harrisburg, PA – The annual Crime in the United States report released on Sept. 25 raises more questions than answers and demonstrates some troubling trends about public safety in Pennsylvania and across the country. The report, written by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, and its findings offer important guidance to criminal justice policy experts and practitioners on the need

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State Must Reenact Megan’s Law to Preserve Sex Offender Registration

Without legislative fix approximately 10,000 sex offenders could avoid prosecution for failing to register and may be removed from list meant to protect adults and children from sexual predators HARRISBURG, PA – Unless the Commonwealth reenacts a version of Megan’s Law in response to a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this year, approximately 10,000 sex offenders would escape prosecution for failing

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Testimony of Dave Freed Cumberland County District Attorney Communications Chair, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Before the House Judiciary Committee Informational Meeting on The Retroactivity of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration System

My name is Dave Freed, and I am the Cumberland County District Attorney and Communications Chair for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. I am pleased to speak with you today about our sex offender registration statute, recent case law that struck certain parts of the statute, and the need for a statutory fix in order to ensure that we have

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