Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seeking Answers Second County Councilman Wants Meeting on Parole Issues, Probation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Seeking Answers Second County Councilman Wants Meeting on Parole Issues, Probation

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A second Allegheny County councilman said Wednesday that he has questions about how local agencies track probation and parole violators following a series that began running in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this weekend.

"It looks like we should have some meetings in regard to that," Councilman Michael Finnerty said.

Mr. Finnerty said he would expect discussions to take place during meetings of council's public safety or budget and finance committees. Among the issues he hopes to explore is whether the local sheriff's office has enough manpower to keep up with warrants. County officials estimate there are between 10,000 and 20,000 open warrants.

The Post-Gazette analyzed data on probation and parole violation warrants issued in 17 of the country's largest counties. In the paper's analysis, Allegheny County was slower than all but five to arrest violators. …

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