Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.

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Philly DA Larry Krasner stopped seeking bail for low-level crimes. Here’s what happened next.

Philly DA Larry Krasner said his decision to stop seeking bail for certain crimes has been a major force driving a decline in the jail population.On Tuesday, Krasner will outline the impact of the reform.

Philly judge cites prosecutorial misconduct, vacates conviction of man who spent 28 years on death row

Orlando Maisonet was convicted of two murders at separate trials prosecuted by Roger King. The first was overturned more than a decade ago, the second vacated just last week.

Pennsylvania prisons’ unprecedented mail policy will be tested in federal court this week

Lawyers including Pennsylvania-based federal defenders say they have stopped sending mail for fear of confidentiality violations.

Philly narcotics cops turned suspects into off-the-books confidential informants. Now, defense lawyers want to know more.

“There’s strong evidence to show that this is a pattern, and if you shine enough light it would show there’s a bigger problem here.”


Drag queens and mason jars: What happened when Doc’s Union Pub became Mifflin Tavern

At Mifflin Tavern, the word “Doc’s” etched into the transom and the decidedly Pennsport crowd — all Flyers gear and hoagiemouth — are the last visible vestiges of the bar's legacy.

Philly DA Larry Krasner unveils plan to shrink juvenile justice system. Does it go far enough?

The Philadelphia juvenile justice system could shift away from incarcerating and heavily supervising young people and toward opportunities for diversion under new policies District Attorney Larry Krasner outlined Wednesday.

A juvenile lifer spent 50 years in prison. Now that he’s out, he may have nowhere to go.

That’s because, in addition to the typical challenges faced by longtime prisoners in reentry, he now faces an additional layer of restrictions from the state parole board.

Philly man wins new trial after DA hands over evidence it withheld for 15 years

“I’m living off hope that I’m going to get out one day,” said Robert Outlaw, who's serving a life sentence. His conviction has been vacated.

Protesting story hour? A drag-queen event at Lansdale Library sparks a furor.

“Lansdale, Pennsylvania, is bringing perversion from the nightclubs and sexually charged pride parades into the library with children,” a Facebook page announcing a protest reads.


The Bourse is actually Philly’s biggest, most ambitious bar. Will it survive?

The only place in Philly where you can find a kombucha-mezcal shooter, a chocolate martini and a classic Old Fashioned under one roof.