• No Money Down

    No Money Down

    The use of money bonds to hold people who are arrested is falling out of favor in an increasing number of courts across the U.S., and Allegheny County is among them. The reasons include concerns about mass incarceration, as well as jail costs, civil lawsuits and studies that find jail time increases the chances of... More

  • Regional Crime


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    Property and violent crime rates reported in the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area have, for the most part, steadily decreased from year to year, falling to levels significantly lower than those reported in 2003. More

  • Rewriting History


    Rewriting History - City police attempt to mend relations in African American neighborhoods

    The image of citizen-friendly policing is one that Pittsburgh hopes to earn in African American neighborhoods as the result of studies, programs and new strategies for repairing relationships that have been strained by police practices. One is a national initiative launched by the Obama Administration to improve relationships and increase trust between minority communities and... More

  • Public Safety


    Public Safety - Falling crime rates tempered by troubling exceptions // pittsburghtoday.org

    Low and falling crime rates were again seen across the southwestern Pennsylvania region with a few exceptions, including a dramatic one-year spike in homicides. More