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July 2, 2013 | By Dennis M. O'Brien
The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole presents a threat to public safety, especially in Philadelphia. The city has 10,490 offenders under the supervision of 136 parole agents. Some of these offenders have extensive violent criminal histories. Some have been less than model inmates. Some have served long state sentences. And some merit strong supervision for successful reentry into our neighborhoods. The board's main responsibility is to supervise offenders after their release from prison.
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June 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett signed legislation Tuesday that will let crime victims and their families speak directly to members of the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole before a decision is made on whether to release a prisoner. "Long overdue," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. "It's amazing to me this isn't something that was done years ago. " The new law, effective Sept. 1, changes the Pennsylvania Crime Victims Act to clarify that victims or their representatives are entitled to meet with state parole board members during the review of a parole application.
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May 11, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
The series so far: The inmates have graduated from the three-month New Leash course. They have completed life-skills training and taught their dogs how to behave well enough to become obedient pets in new adoptive homes. Most of the men are getting ready to start paid internships at area animal shelters. Last of six parts. Three days after he turned 22, Jamal Thompson left prison a relatively free man. A former drug dealer whose years in juvenile detention had been a reprieve from his jagged life at home, Thompson had taken to New Leash on Life with hungry enthusiasm.
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May 9, 2013
Read between the dance lines Last weekend's performance of Chinese classical works by the Shen Yun Performing Arts group included magnificent choreography, costumes, and music. However, unbeknownst to many ticket buyers - unless they thought to research it, which I did not - the Merriam Theater appearance also had a political/religious agenda that I found to be disconcerting. Shen Yun is part of the international Falun Gong movement, a religious practice that has borne the brunt of brutal persecution by the Chinese government.
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April 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Determinate vs. indeterminate sentencing isn't a topic that comes up in everyday conversation - until a convict's jail term or release boils over into a public controversy. That's what happened in January, when former University of Pennsylvania professor Rafael Robb's near-parole after he served a minimum amount of his five-to-10-year prison term for killing his wife, Ellen Gregory Robb, unleashed strong criticism. The state's sentencing system was discussed in a calmer fashion Thursday during a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on possible changes.
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April 18, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey's parole officers can continue to carry their guns under most circumstances, according to a lawyer representing the officers in a court case. The parole officers and parole board came to an informal agreement tentatively settling the case just as the two sides were set to appear before Superior Court Judge Paul Innes Wednesday. The officers had asked the Mercer County judge to block a new work policy from going into effect restricting when they could carry their guns. "I was surprised at the health and safety issues that these employees face every day," said Robert O'Brien, of O'Brien, Belland & Bushinsky in Cherry Hill.
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April 18, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
It should have been routine. The parolee, on supervision after being released from prison, was buzzed into the New Jersey parole office on Mount Ephraim Avenue in Camden, there for a normal appointment with his parole officer, Mark Carozza. But the visit, just before Christmas, quickly turned dangerous - the kind of danger that Carozza worried about earlier this month when he and fellow officers received a policy e-mail that they believed prohibited them from wearing their guns during regular visits with the former inmates they supervise.
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March 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
State Rep. Mike Vereb introduced legislation Wednesday that would give crime victims and their families the right to speak directly to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole before parole decisions were made. Technically, the proposal is known as House Bill 492. But Vereb (R., Montgomery) said at a news conference in Norristown packed with state and local officials that he was naming it the "Ellen Gregory Robb Legislation. " "Out of the tragic, horrific death of Ellen Gregory Robb, we are seeing something very positive happen," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who was among those who worked on the legislation with Vereb and the victim's family.
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March 7, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
State Rep. Mike Vereb introduced legislation Wednesday that would give crime victims and their families the right to speak directly to the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole before parole decisions were made. Technically, the proposal is known as House Bill 492. But Vereb (R., Montgomery) said at a news conference in Norristown packed with state and local officials that he was naming it the "Ellen Gregory Robb Legislation. " "Out of the tragic, horrific death of Ellen Gregory Robb, we are seeing something very positive happen," said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, who was among those who worked on the legislation with Vereb and the victim's family.
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March 7, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Relatives and friends of Ellen Gregory Robb were astonished when they learned that her killer - her husband - was about to get out of prison. When they sought to raise their objections with the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, however, they had a hard time getting an audience. Spurred by their experience, State Rep. Mike Vereb (R., Montgomery) is proposing legislation designed to clear up confusion and give crime victims and other interested parties the ability to talk directly to board members.
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