Pennsylvania’s veteran population ranks fourth in the U.S. with nearly 800,000 veterans as of 2020. Since 2009, Pennsylvania’s Veterans Treatment Courts have been assisting veterans who are charged with crimes and are struggling with addiction, mental illness or other co-occurring disorders.
Libre’s Law, the anti-cruelty law (Act 10) that strengthened the protection of animals, went into effect in late August of 2017. Since then, over 25,000 animal abuse offenses have been filed statewide – 54 percent of which were for neglect of an animal.
Over the last five years, Pennsylvania has seen a mostly 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 information, license etc.).
In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Pennsylvania Courts today released an infographic highlighting data from the state’s mental health courts. In 2019, 61 percent of all discharged participants graduated successfully from these treatment programs and among those graduates, there was a 134 percent increase in employment.