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Rethinking drug policies may help reduce crime

Changing how drug crimes are handled by authorities in Pennsylvania and throughout the country could reduce racial disparities in the justice system. A research team led by a professor from the University of California in San Francisco came to this conclusion by researching the impact of Proposition 47. The team found that one month after it passed, the disparity between black and white individuals taken into custody for a felony monthly dropped from 81 to 44 per 100,000.

Associates becoming criminal defendants in fatal overdoses

In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, acquaintances and friends of drug users who fatally overdose are increasingly facing legal consequences. The number of people facing certain charges, such as third-degree murder from an accidental overdose, rose to 205 in 2017 from just 15 in 2013.

Radio personality avoids prison time at sentencing hearing

Pennsylvania fans of radio personality Artie Lange may be interested in knowing more about the comedian's unfolding drug case. Media sources report that Lange avoided jail time during a sentencing hearing in New Jersey on June 1. He had previously been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled dangerous substance in May 2017.

Pennsylvania men arrested on drug charges at traffic stop

Pennsylvania authorities cited two men for drug charges on April 2 following a traffic stop in Perry Township. Local police said they seized various items, including marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia and an as-yet unidentified white powdery substance. The alleged offenders were a 35-year-old man and a 21-year-old man.

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