Author: Nick Keppler

‘It’s Like the Toilet Paper’: Gun Sales Are Up Across Appalachia. Here’s Why.

The Saturday after millions of Americans received $1,200 economic relief checks from the federal government, Alex Corn decided to open the Verona Gun Safe early. He’s owned the Verona, Pennsylvania, gun shop on the outskirts of Pittsburgh since 2011. Pennsylvania gun stores operate by appointment only, the result of a […]

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There’s a Tool that Claims to Predict Potential for Criminal Behavior. Should PA Judges Use It?

The Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing is considering a “risk assessment” tool, which, according to social justice activists, would reinforce existing bias in the criminal justice system. But the tool’s designers say it would give judges more data to base sentencing decisions on as opposed to primarily relying on uniform guidelines. […]

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