There probably is no perfect scenario when a property is listed, by court
order, for a Sheriff Sale. Most often it means a family may be losing their
home for a variety of reasons, often because of illness, job loss or other
situations that may be out of their control.

One benefit to Philadelphia residents is that the majority of new buyers that
purchase property at Sheriff Sales pay real estate taxes and keep them
current according to a sample review undertaken by the Philadelphia
Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Jewell Williams sought to determine the degree that properties
subjected to Sheriff Sale by order of the First Judicial District become and
remain tax compliant. The Sheriff’s Office reviewed the tax status of all
properties sold at the mortgage foreclosure, tax delinquent, and tax lien
sales for the months of November 2016 and November 2015.
City records indicate that 344 or 73% of the 469 properties sold in
November 2016 were current on their city 2017 real estate property tax.
That is a significant boost to the city revenue stream.

Tax records indicate that only 316 of the 471 properties sold in November
2015 were compliant in paying real estate taxes for 2016 and 2017. From
that small sampling we are able to see that 660 properties returned to
being tax compliant and current after years of dereliction of obligation to the
city and the school district.

In addition to recovering private and public debts, the purpose of the Sheriff
Sale is to return tax delinquent properties to the tax rolls. Because tax
delinquent properties receive city services such as police and fire
protection and trash pickup they are a burden to the City and often a blight
to its neighborhood.

In Pennsylvania the Sheriff Sales are the last step in the process to collect
delinquent debts including taxes and utility fees. Properties are brought to
Sheriff Sale through the courts requested by lenders and taxing authorities
who are owed money. If the owner does not make arrangements to satisfy
the debt, the property is sold at a court ordered public auction handled by
the Sheriff. The purchaser is expected to pay real estate and other city and
county obligations going forward and must be tax compliant with the city for
one year prior to the purchase.

The goal of this analysis was to get a sense of how many properties sold
through a Philadelphia Sheriff sale returned to fulfilling tax obligations.

In this morning's 6-2 Supreme Court decision, the crime of reckless domestic violence and abuse is now considered a misdemeanor that justifies firearms possession restriction. What does that mean? It means closing one of the many gaping loopholes in gun control legislation and cracking down on violent domestic crime. Most importantly, it means safer homes for those most at risk: women (especially women of color), LGBTQ+ folks, and children.

The Voisine v. United States decision extended the previous ruling in United States v. Castleman that declared the “firearms possession by convicted felons” illegal. So why wasn’t this a thing before?

On the books, there’s a distinction between recklessly and knowingly committing a crime, known as mens rea—their state of mind during their actions. Stephen Voisine, the man in question in this case for repeatedly becoming violent against his girlfriend, argued in court that actions charged as reckless shouldn’t be considered under the umbrella of crimes that would prevent him from buying a gun.

Virginia Villa, Voisine’s defender, argued that recklessness doesn’t necessarily constitute a “use of force.” This puts in perspective why this pretty big issue hasn't been put in the books before. She explained that she once had a client who plead guilty to a misdemeanor because he was running away from someone attacking him, and when he ran through a door and slammed it, it caught and broke the attacker’s fingers. Um, comparing a drunken assault on someone to an escape measure? I don't think so.

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wasn’t having this excuse either, and shot back remarks that almost closed the case right then. While in Villa’s example, the client didn’t mean to hurt the man running after him, he still did. In many domestic violence cases, Kagan explained, reckless conduct between the perpetrator and victim is what leads to violence—not the use of direct violent force. Tell 'em, girl! 

Basically, the Court decided it was time to validate all the domestic violence that happens while the perpetrator is under the influence and otherwise in a volatile state that causes their actions to be executed recklessly. This is a win for feminism, equality in the home, and in finally making movements on reigning in this country’s insane, libertarian approach to gun-owning.

Yeah, it's about time.

If you want to listen to more of the case, here's a video of the whole ordeal—with dogs instead of justices (no cameras are allowed to film Supreme Court case proceedings).

Original Article via Bust:

Sheriff de Philadelphia Jewell Williams y el personal participaron en el esfuerzo de toda la ciudad National Night Out el 31 de julio y el 1 de agosto en 8 lugares entregando Free Gun Locks e información adicional sobre lo que hace la Oficina y cómo comprar propiedades en Sheriff Sales.

Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams and staff participated in the National Night Out city-wide effort on July 31 and August 1 at 8 locations by handing out Free Gun Locks and additional information on what the Office does and How To Buy Property at Sheriff Sales.

Philadelphia, July 3 - Sheriff Jewell Williams will urge youngsters to have a peaceful summer as he visits children’s programs this summer.

The Sheriff will “deputize” children who take a gun safety pledge as part of his Summer of Peace initiative, according to a news release.

The effort was kicked off at the end of the 2016-17 school year, when Williams visited several schools to spread the summer of peace message.

The Sheriff and Canine Carter — a member of the Sheriff’s K-9 unit — visited the Greenfield School in Center City and the Powel School in West Philadelphia to educate students about how to “stay cool” when they encounter conflicts and what to do if they find a gun at home or in their neighborhood, according to a news release.

“Be respectful, don’t bully and most importantly, if you see a gun, don’t touch it,” said Williams. “Immediately tell a parent, a nearby adult and if you are alone in a home call 911.”

According to Children’s Defense Fund, a child or teen dies by gun in the U.S. every three hours and eight minutes.

Having a gun in the home makes the likelihood of accidental death four times higher and more than half of youths committing suicide by gun found it at home and it usually belonged to the parent, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The office pointed to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatricians that indicated “Nearly 1,300 children die and 5,790 are treated for gunshot wounds each year. Boys, older children and minorities are more likely” to fall victim to gun violence than others. In 2015, 42 percent of gun deaths were among Black children and teens.

“Don’t be a statistic,” Williams told the children when introducing Canine Carter to students at the Samuel Powel School in Powelton Village. “Use your mouth, not your fists or weapons, to settle differences. Don’t let things escalate.”

The Sheriff will be pressing this message during the months when youngsters may find themselves on the streets in tense situations: “In the warm weather months things can easily heat up. Giving kids the message they can keep themselves safe or prevent a crime is powerful and maybe if they hear it often enough they will practice what we preach. Summer is a time for fun, visiting the beach, having picnics and barbecues. I want them to stay cool in every way and help us all to have a summer of peace.”

As part of the Summer of Peace activities, the Sheriff is reaching out to groups of children at church and summer camps to take the following gun safety pledge:

I will never play with guns; if I see a gun, I won’t touch it.

I will remember that any gun I see might be loaded.

I will never go snooping or allow my friends to go snooping for guns in the house.

If I find a gun, I will tell a grown-up I know right away.

I know how important it is to keep myself safe.

Throughout the summer, the Sheriff’s Office will carry its safety message to outdoor festivals, summer gatherings, children’s programs and block captains, the news release stated.

The Office of the Sheriff is also working with Philadelphia Integrated Town Watch and Temple University Medical School’s summer outreach program to distribute gunlocks this summer to city residents to help keep children safe.

The Sheriff and City Council President Darrell Clarke began the gunlock program in August 2016. To date, more than 3,000 free gunlocks have been given to Philadelphia families through the Sheriff’s Office and City Council offices. Philadelphia residents can pick up free gunlocks at the Sheriff’s Office any weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 S. Broad St. on the 5th floor. For more information call (215) 686-3572 or visit

Tribune Staff Report / The Philadelphia Tribune

18 de julio, Filadelfia, Pensilvania - En los últimos doce meses la Oficina del Sheriff de Filadelfia recibió $61.3 millones en impuestos atrasados ​​y cargos recaudados de las Ventas del Sheriff. En el año fiscal 2012, el año en que el Sheriff Jewell Williams entró en funciones, sólo se habían recaudado 27 millones de dólares.

Este es el tercer año consecutivo que el Sheriff remitió más de $60 millones a la Ciudad de Filadelfia. El dinero se recauda a través de ventas hipotecarias de hipoteca mensual, impuesto de morosidad y las ventas de gravamen fiscal, así como las tasas impuestas por diversos servicios relacionados con la corte. Las propiedades se llevan a Sheriff Sales a través de órdenes judiciales iniciadas por los Departamentos de Ingresos y Ley de la Ciudad o por bancos y prestamistas privados.
% U201C Durante muchos años, la recaudación de impuestos morosos había sido un problema. A menudo las propiedades que vendemos son delincuentes durante cinco o más años. Esperamos ver el atraso de las propiedades delincuentes de impuestos disminuyen,% Williams Williams dijo.

Bajo Williams, la Oficina rediseñó el proceso de recolección de delincuentes e instaló un sistema de gestión de datos. A petición de la Ciudad, se agregaron dos ventas mensuales adicionales al calendario durante el último año fiscal.

La misión principal de la Oficina del Sheriff es proteger a los que trabajan en nuestros Tribunales y otros tales como testigos, jurados y para transportar y custodiar a los presos que van y vienen de la Corte y para llevar a cabo órdenes judiciales.

El Sheriff ahora provee al Tesoro de la Ciudad casi tres veces lo que cuesta operar la oficina. Para el año fiscal 2018, que comenzó en julio, el presupuesto del Sheriff% u2019s es de $ 23 millones.

Detenidos 34 criminales endurecidos

Filadelfia, 3 de julio - La Oficina del Sheriff de Filadelfia arrestó a 34 hombres y mujeres que buscaban serias ofensas, incluyendo un hombre con tres violaciones de libertad condicional por asesinato, en una incursión en toda la ciudad en las primeras horas del 1 de julio.

% U201C Tomamos muchos delincuentes violentos de las calles de Filadelfia durante esta búsqueda sorpresa de criminales buscados,% u201D dijo Jewell Williams, sheriff de la ciudad y el condado de Filadelfia. Muchos de los capturados tuvieron varias órdenes pendientes contra ellos por cargos que iban desde el asesinato, la falta de pago de manutención de menores, el que debía más de $ 85,000, el asalto, poner en peligro el bienestar de un menor, intimidar a testigos y el contacto ilegal con un menor de edad Los oficiales del Departamento de Policía de Filadelfia ayudaron en este barrido de equipo.

Es el trabajo de los hombres y mujeres de esta Oficina proteger a todos los miembros de la comunidad y los visitantes de la ciudad y sofocar la violencia futura. % U201CAs un padre I% u2019m especialmente preocupado por las familias que sufren cuando uno o más miembros de un hogar son citados por abuso doméstico creando un ambiente violento y hostil, dijo Williams. Digo a todos; Mantenga sus temperamentos, dé sus brazos, y proteja a sus seres queridos para un verano de paz.% U201D