PINJ has paid particular attention to the Allegheny County Jail throughout the pandemic, tracking the deaths of those in custody as well as the conditions incarcerated individuals have been forced to endure.
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Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Novel, “Chain-Gang All-Stars” Is Singular Story-Telling for Our Time
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“The Songs of Betty Baach” Is a Modern High Lonesome Ballad with a ray of hope
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New Book “This Is My Jail” Digs Deep on the History of Jails in America
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Education in Pittsburgh was upended in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly closed schools. Since then, as multiple virus waves have swept the nation, students have been in and out of physical classrooms, learning sometimes online, sometimes in person, sometimes not at all. How will they rebound?
Exiles Living in a Church
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Pa.’s criminal legal system increases overdose deaths and makes recovery impossible | Opinion
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