The Lancaster County Office of the District Attorney is dedicated to achieving justice and protecting the safety of our community. We thoroughly investigate, and prosecute aggressively, but fairly, criminal activity in Lancaster County. We zealously work to bring justice and preserve the rights of crime victims. Our goal is to keep Lancaster County safe by working in acquiesce with the many law-enforcement departments within the county.
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Heather Adams, District Attorney
Protecting and serving the public are ever-evolving assignments for police officers trained to adapt with trending behaviors and perpetrator habits.
The outbreak of opioid addiction has prompted police officers across Lancaster County – and elsewhere – to spring into action when a dispatch leads to an individual who has overdosed.
Five individuals battling mental illness found support and a path to recovery in a Lancaster County specialty court after being charged with crimes.
Four women and a man graduated Wednesday from Mental Health Court, earning certificates and reductions or expungements of their criminal charges.
They each entered the four-phase program after establishing their mental-health struggles played roles in their offenses.
Lancaster County Campaign Against Sexual Exploitation of Children (CASE) recently launched a new look online while also unveiling a revamped window display at the front of Lancaster County’s Government Center.
The window display fits CASE’s mission of raising public awareness about how often children become victims of sexual abuse and what can be done to protect our youth.
One windowpane reads:
The drug trafficking landscape is always evolving, as many drug dealers respond like legitimate entrepreneurs to supply and demand trends to maximize their profits.
The Lancaster County Drug Task Force tracks that changing climate while also paying attention to what persons facing addiction are using and seeking out on the streets.
Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman announced Thursday recent happenings in the unsolved murder of Lindy Sue Biechler, found killed in her Manor Township home in 1975.
Biechler was 19 when she was stabbed to death in her Kloss Drive apartment. She was stabbed multiple times on Dec. 5, 1975, after returning to her home from a grocery store.
A group of Lancaster County School Resource Officers and school administrators recently gathered to discuss threat assessment, what prompts students to perpetrate targeted violence, and how to reach students who might be in turmoil.
Deb McCoy, a Student Assistance Program Coordinator for CompassMark, led the conference at CompassMark’s new facility on Santa Barbara Drive.
McCoy presented reports from federal agencies that incorporated prior acts of targeted violence.
An editorial from the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office:
A prosecutor’s mission is to protect the community, and that protection duty extends to providing offenders the means and opportunity to rehabilitate and move past their crime(s).
In many instances, that opportunity comes in the form of a diversion program: a second chance prosecution path that involves a tailor-designed set of requirements for the offender.
Changes are likely pending for probation and parole procedures in Pennsylvania.
How transformative those changes are depends on how legislators vote on bills that address supervision terms and when they should end, treatment programs as part of supervision, and funding sources.
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