Case Information

The PJP does research on specific inmates and criminal cases in order to assist their lawyers with the appeals process. See the Charles Widger School of Law Library's guide to free sites for legal research for more suggestions for getting PA legal information.

 Information about PA Criminal Cases

  Case Search (Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Web Portal)

  Inmate/Parolee Locator (PA Department of Corrections)

  Superior Court Opinions and Postings (Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania)

  Commonwealth Court Opinions and Postings (Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania)

  PACER: Public Access to Court Electronic Records (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)  Access Instructions


The PJP also searches news sources to gain context for public relations efforts and the appeals process. See Falvey's News guide for more information on newspaper searching; see below for local news sources.

 Philadelphia Inquirer

  Philadelphia Inquirer, 1860-2009 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

  Philadelphia Inquirer, 1981- (NewsBank)

 Philadelphia Tribune

  Philadelphia Tribune, 1912-2001 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)

  Philadelphia Tribune, 1991- (Proquest)

 Other News Sources

  Billy Penn

  Access World News (NewsBank)  Tutorial

  Nexis Uni  Limitations on Use


The PJP researches relevant academic literature in order to assist with commutation efforts.

 Law Review Articles


  Nexis Uni  Limitations on Use

 Social Science Articles

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  Social Services Abstracts (ProQuest)

  Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)

  PsycINFO (ProQuest)  Tutorial

  Google Scholar

 Medical articles and information

  UpToDate (Wolters Kluwer)  Access Instructions

  PubMed  Tutorial

  CINAHL with Full Text (EBSCO)  Tutorial