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Pennsylvania Court Interpreters – Removing Language BarriersPermalink

Pennsylvania Courts facilitated 41,038 requests for interpreters in 2018 statewide – 77 percent of which were for Spanish.

Cracking Down on Human Trafficking in PennsylvaniaPermalink

In the first five years since Pennsylvania’s first comprehensive human-trafficking law (Act 105) took effect in 2014, 586 human-trafficking offenses were charged. The infographic below highlights key court data including the total number of human-trafficking cases and offenses over the last five years, defendant demographics and the top 10 counties with the highest number human-trafficking cases.

Pennsylvania cybercrime – by the numbersPermalink

Between 2014 and 2018, there were 799 cybercrime offenses committed by 287 people in Pennsylvania. The top convictions for cybercrime offenses are making or forcing someone to participate in online child pornography and unlawful use of a computer – which could include accessing or altering computer data, providing passwords without authorization, etc.

Pennsylvania Veterans CourtsPermalink

In honor and recognition of Veterans Day, Pennsylvania Courts today released new videos raising awareness for Veterans Treatment Courts emphasizing the programs’ critical need for volunteer veteran mentors.

Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts Make a Difference for VeteransPermalink

Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with 793,321 veterans as of 2018. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts have been assisting veterans who are charged with crimes and are struggling with addiction, mental illness or co-occurring disorders.

A closer look at Protection from Abuse Orders in PennsylvaniaPermalink

More than 39,000 new protection from abuse (PFA) petitions were filed statewide in 2018 according to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. A PFA is a civil order that protects victims of domestic violence, providing relief from abuse by an intimate partner, family or household member.

Back to school: Traffic citations in school zonesPermalink

September is the heaviest month for school zone violations. Over the last five years, 30,862 Pennsylvania drivers were cited with school zone violations for either speeding in school zones or illegally passing a school bus. This infographic highlights key data and demographics about traffic citations in school zones in Pennsylvania over the last five years.

A snapshot of sexual offenders in PennsylvaniaPermalink

Under Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), 8,133 people were sentenced as sexual offenders between 2014 to 2018, and were charged with 36,764 offenses.

Pennsylvania identity theft case trendsPermalink

Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a gradual decrease in identity theft cases. Identity theft is defined as the fraudulent use of another person’s identifying information (social security number, bank account, birth certificate etc.).

Pennsylvania sees a positive increase in kinship care placement over the last five yearsPermalink

Pennsylvania court data shows that over the last five years, the placement of children in kinship care has nearly doubled. The Office of Children and Families in the Courts (OCFC) tries their best to place children in the care of someone they know and have a relationship with (kinship care) before resorting to other placements – this could be a relative, coach, family friend, etc. This infographic highlights key dependency court data including the average number of children entering the dependency system per year, demographics of the children and placement trends.