Taking a stand against gun violence in the courtroom
CeaseFirePA is building a network of activists to bring the voices of our communities into the courtroom. Concerned community members from across Philadelphia — and more recently, Pittsburgh and the surrounding area — have joined CeaseFirePA in court to observe sentencing hearings in illegal gun possession and trafficking cases. When permitted by the judge, concerned community members testify about how they and their communities have been affected by gun violence. When judges have direct testimony about the community impact of gun crimes, it gives them critical evidence to weigh when imposing a sentence.
Working with our partners in law enforcement, we’re ensuring that (1) community members have a voice in the courtroom; (2) judges know that we are counting on them to enforce the law; and (3) people who threaten our communities with illegal guns face serious consequences for their crimes.
Courtwatch is a way for you to be part of the solution to the plague of gun crime. We hope you will join us and take a stand against gun violence.
To learn more about the sentencing process, check out our Quick Guide to How PA Judges Impose Sentences. If you would like to become a Courtwatch volunteer, click here for a Volunteer Form and check out our Resources for Volunteers.
Current Courtwatch Reports
CeaseFirePA and other Violence Prevention Organizations Call for $100 Million to End Bleeding in Philadelphia
For Immediate Release April 9, 2021 For More Information: Adam Garber, CeaseFire PA Executive Director, (267) 515-1220, email@example.com Violence Prevention…Continue reading »
CeaseFirePA Applauds Executive Actions on Gun Safety, Urges Sen. Toomey to Publicly Support
Today the White House announced a series of executive actions to curb the gun violence epidemic devastating communities in Pennsylvania,…Continue reading »
Op-Ed: Boulder massacre is a reminder that Pennsylvania needs policies to end gun violence
This op-ed by CeaseFirePA's Executive Director Adam Garber was originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer. A trip to the grocery…Continue reading »
Hundreds Virtually Lobby for Common Agenda to End Gun Violence
For Immediate Release: March 23, 2021 For More Information: Adam Garber, CeaseFire PA Executive Director, (267) 515-1220, firstname.lastname@example.org Frances Patano,…Continue reading »
First-ever Gun Show Bans Ghost Guns, Slowing Flow of Deadly Crime Guns
Attorney General Shapiro’s historic agreement with Eagle Arms Productions will slow the flow of these weapons into criminal enterprises and…Continue reading »
Sen. Casey, Rep. Evans, and Rep. McClinton Discuss Resources for Gun Violence Act & Investing in Community Prevention Programs
For More Information: Adam Garber, CeaseFirePA Education Fund Executive Director, (267) 515-1220, email@example.com Natalie Adams, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA),…Continue reading »