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June 3, 2020

Eli Hager - June 3, 2020

Darnell Johnson long believed that he would die alone in a prison cell. In 1998, a Michigan court sentenced him to life behind bars without the possibility of parole for killing a woman and shooting two others during a botched armed robbery when...

June 2, 2020

Cyrus R. Vance Jr. - June 2, 2020

Six weeks after the Paycheck Protection Program began pumping hundreds of billions of dollars in lifelines to businesses affected by shutdowns, one group of entrepreneurs remains frozen out of resources: those who have previous criminal...

June 1, 2020

Lewis Conway - May 29, 2020

While there are many policies drafted and bills legislated, really the only components that comprise successful reentry to the community are skills, support, and shelter. Thinking about what I needed when I came home from prison looks much di...

May 29, 2020

This guide is specifically for people who do not typically need to file taxes:

  • Individuals who made LESS THAN $12,200 in 2019.

  • Married Couples who made less than $24,400 in 2019.

  • SSI & SSDI Recipients and VA Beneficiaries will automatically receive $1,2...

May 29, 2020

Community-based Participatory Defense Hubs are available to help individuals who face charges navigate the criminal justice system. Trained Hub leaders help participants gain a deeper understanding of the justice process, anticipate what is expected from them at each s...

May 29, 2020

Dozens of people released from Philadelphia jails since the pandemic began have gotten a phone call from Herb Baker.

Sometimes they don’t pick up. Understandable, Baker thinks — it’s a complete stranger calling. So he leaves a message introducing himself. He’s a 55-year...

May 29, 2020

In case you missed it, Community Legal Services and Office of Reentry Partnerships collaborated to host a virtual info session to highlight COVID-19 relief and assistance programs currently available to Philadelphians. This included what each one is, eligibility, how t...

May 29, 2020

Outbreaks of coronavirus have hit prison populations particularly hard – but for many inmates in the U.S., illness and the prospect of dying behind bars already existed.

Advocacy groups have flagged concerns about disease transmission, lack of medical care and deaths in...

May 29, 2020

In light of COVID-19, correctional facilities are tasked with even more critical and time-sensitive decisions. Jail and prison officials, along with their criminal justice partners, are quickly working to reduce the number of incarcerated people to mitigate the spread...

May 29, 2020

Recognizing that people with behavioral health needs are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, many communities have developed alternatives to incarceration that connect eligible people to community-based treatment and supports. While efforts around preventin...

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