Dylan Purcell is an investigative reporter specializing in data analysis. Since joining The Inquirer in 1998, Dylan has worked on numerous investigations, including coverage of courts, crime and education. He is a Temple University graduate and avid local sports fan.

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Tornado’s destruction took just minutes. The cleanup will linger for months.

By Saturday morning work crews of all types descended on the newly noisy street to stretch tarps over exposed roofs and hammer plywood over blown-out windows. The township brought in dumpsters while landscapers got to work sawing fallen trees.

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‘I don’t feel free’: This is life on probation for tens of thousands across Pennsylvania

Probation is meant to keep people out of jail. But intense monitoring leaves tens of thousands across the state at risk of incarceration.

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The Probation Trap: Lenient sentences in Pennsylvania often have harsh consequences

Probation is meant to rehabilitate. But it can make people more desperate, and puts many in constant fear of incarceration.

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'I'm the worst judge to run from. I take it very seriously': Pa. judges impose wildly different versions of justice

Judges have wide discretion to detain people for violations, impose strict conditions, and even send people to state prison.

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'I went to state prison for missing two probation appointments'

Officials say locking people up is sometimes the only way to keep them from overdosing. But it’s a cycle that can be hard to break.

5 years before police shootout in North Philly, alleged gunman and same cop crossed paths

Officer Edward Wright and Maurice Hill traveled decidedly different paths from their first encounter in Southwest Philly to their eventual reunion during a dangerous standoff in Tioga.

Philly pilot in fatal Delaware crash 'was an amazing man'

Terrence Daniels last year posted a video recounting a close call he had landing his plane — an engine failure that happened near enough to the airport that he was able to “catch the runway" and land safely.

North Philly standoff’s alleged cop shooter, Maurice Hill, has a long criminal history

Public records show Philadelphia police shooting suspect Maurice Hill was charged a dozen with charges ranging from attempted murder to fleeing police. He was convicted six times.

SEPTA trolley tunnel closure to impact Monday morning commute for 60,000 riders

Riders who use the Center City trolley tunnel will have to change their commuting plans as the tunnel undergoes extensive renovations until Aug. 19.

3 shot at West Philadelphia park; 1 critically wounded

Gunfire erupted late Saturday night at a West Philadelphia playground. Three people were shot, one critically wounded.