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PDAA-Backed, Victim-Focused Criminal Justice Improvements Head To The Governor

HARRISBURG, PA – Pennsylvania’s prosecutors praised the legislature today for making victims of crime a priority. Several bills aimed at elevating victims’ rights and helping the most vulnerable victims of crime passed today and will proceed to the governor’s desk for signature to become law. “We can never lose sight of the fact that for every crime that is committed there

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Hearing on Justice Reinvestment Before the House Judiciary Committee June 17, 2019 Testimony of Fran Chardo, Dauphin County District Attorney and Greg Rowe, Director of Legislation and Policy, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association

Good morning, Chairmen Kauffman and Briggs, and members of the Judiciary Committee. My name is Fran Chardo, and I am the District Attorney of Dauphin County. With me is Greg Rowe, the Director of Legislation and Policy for the District Attorneys Association. On behalf of my colleagues at the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, thank you for the opportunity to appear

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PDAA Praises Advancement of “Sextortion” Bill

Legislation to criminalize sexual extortion moves on to the Senate HARRISBURG, PA — A bill to make sexual extortion illegal in Pennsylvania passed the state House today by a vote of 195-0 and is headed to the Senate. The vote today was particularly timely, after earlier this week the FBI issued a warning to parents that ‘sextortion’ cases involving children are on the

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Former Somerset County DA Jerry Spangler Named PDAA Traffic Safety Resource Officer

Harrisburg, PA — The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Jerry Spangler has been appointed Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP).  In this role, Spangler will serve as a source for law enforcement and county district attorneys in dealing

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“Recreational marijuana is not safe or harmless” Legalizing recreational marijuana would have negative effects on public health and safety.

(HARRISBURG, PA) — The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association testified today at a Senate and House Democratic Policy Committee hearing that legalizing recreational marijuana consumption and trade would have a considerable negative effect on public health and public safety. “Our opposition stems from science, research and data, as well as information from our drug addiction specialists,” said Berks County District Attorney and past PDAA President

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Testimony of John Adams Immediate Past President, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association Berks County District Attorney Before the House and Senate Democratic Policy Committees Hearing on the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Good Morning Chairman Sturla and Chairwoman Boscola and members of the House and Senate Democratic Policy Committees. My name is John Adams, and I am the District Attorney of Berks County. I am also the immediate Past President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and a member of the PDAA Executive Committee. Before I was elected District Attorney as a

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PA District Attorneys Association Urges Passage of Strangulation Law to Better Protect Victims

Harrisburg, PA  — Strangulation is a violent crime, and the law should fully recognize this dangerous form of physical violence the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) said today.  Legislation that would codify the existing crime of strangulation into Pennsylvania law passed the state House yesterday. The PDAA urges the Senate to take action on the bill this spring. “Strangulation is one

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Informational Hearing on Sexual Extortion Before the House Judiciary Committee March 26, 2019

Testimony of Greg Rowe , Director of Legislation & Policy, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and Sean McCormack, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office. Click here to download the official testimony. Good morning Chairmen Kauffman and Briggs and members of the House Judiciary Committee.  We are pleased to be here today to discuss the creation of a new crime of sexual extortion.  By way

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Cumberland County District Attorney Seán M. McCormack announced that the UPMC Children’s Advocacy Center of Central… https://t.co/gMrwZZOQkt