Temple Accepting Proposals for Public Policy Project to Provide 500+ Hours of Pro-Bono Work

Request for Proposals Government offices and non-profit organizations involved in public policy development are invited to submit a proposal to engage a team of students in Temple University’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program in a semester-long project beginning in January, 2021. Proposals should follow the outline summarized in this template. Key dates are: November 15, 2020: Deadline to email proposals through the link on emailed invitation. December 1, 2020: Respondents will be notified if their proposal has been accepted. January 13, 2021: Clients present their projects to their Temple teams. March 10, 2021: Temple teams present mid-term reports to clients. April 21, 2021: Temple

Join Office of Homeless Services for Info Session on Current Funding Available

Join OHS to learn more about the new ESG funding opportunities that are available during this presentation on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. They'll focus on the requests for proposals that are out on the street for shallow rent housing, SRO-based housing, project-based rapid re-housing, and tenant-based rapid re-housing. Once registered, the confirmation page will provide details on how to join the meeting. We encourage you to add the meeting to your calendar system by clicking the red calendar icon. Can’t wait for the briefing? Review the current RFPs now. Request for Proposals to Operate Tenant-Based Rapid Re-Housing for Households Without Children OHS seeks proposals

Life Without Parole for Kids Is Cruelty With No Benefit | Opinion

The Atlantic: Brandon L. Garrett - October 19, 2020 In 2005, when Brett Jones was convicted of murder in Mississippi, his sentence was an automatic one: life without parole. No judge or juror could advocate for him to get anything less. Mississippi, like many other states, had adopted mandatory life without parole for first-degree murder. What makes Jones’s case, which the Supreme Court will hear next month, particularly urgent is that he was just 15 years old at the time of the crime. Juvenile life-without-parole (LWOP) sentences are an abomination, and this case offers the justices a chance to do the right thing, and hasten the punishment’s demise. If they do not, states such as Mississipp

Education Trust Launches Justice Fellows Policy Program

Education Trust: Justice Fellows Policy Program The Education Trust (Ed Trust) is excited to launch their Justice Fellows Policy Program, a vibrant and nurturing community of practice of directly impacted, formerly incarcerated individuals. They're looking to invite six individuals who are formerly incarcerated or directly impacted to serve as Justice Fellows for the inaugural cohort. The Justice Fellows will use their experience and hard-earned expertise to inform, review, amplify, and reflect on Ed Trust’s policy recommendations for justice-impacted students. Additionally, Justice Fellows will inform and guide Ed Trust’s structured engagements and convenings at the intersection of higher e

MANN UP Highlighted in Recent Episode of "With Time We Can"

LeBrian Brown, who works as the Reentry Coordinator for Broad Street Ministry, has launched an prison docuseries called "With Time We Can." In the most recent episode, Michael Butler of the MANN UP program speaks incredibly bravely about being wrongfully convicted and serving 17 years because of it. He opens up about the traumatic events in his life that lead up to his incarceration, family struggles and preserving through prison by aligning himself with the MANN UP movement. We're very proud of both Michael and LeBrian for speaking so honestly here, and for all the work they do in their daily lives to support people coming home.

Petey Greene Justice Education Webinar Series: Approaches to Reentry

Join Petey Greene on October 28, 2020, at 6:00 pm ET for the Approaches to Reentry webinar. Recognizing that educational access and support is one part of the set of activities and processes that work to assist incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to successfully transition to their communities after incarceration, this webinar will feature a conversation among different reentry programs about their approaches to assisting returning citizens and their families. Panelists from JEVS Human Services-Looking Forward Philadelphia, the Center for Health and Justice Transformation, Hope House NYC,  and Fresh Start @Your Library will help us grapple with the challenges faced by returning ci

CADBI Hosting Info Session on Stimulus for People in Prison: October 13th at 5pm

Date/ Time: October 13th, 5pm Earlier this month a lawsuit ruled that incarcerated people are eligible for the $1200 COVID-19 stimulus check that most people outside the walls received in the spring.  There has been some confusion about how to make incarcerated people in Pennsylvania eligible for it and what the deadlines are, so join us for this short info session. CADBI (The Coalition to Abolish Death By Incarceration) will break down the lawsuit and let people know about a few options for how to make sure your loved one, friend, or anyone you know in prison can make sure. Please note: Deadlines right now are Oct 30 for paper forms, and Nov 21 for online ones. To register, click here.

Federal Prisons Will Let Inmates Have Visitors During Pandemic

The New York Times: Maura Turcotte and Libby Seline - October 1, 2020 Relatives and friends will be permitted once again to begin visiting inmates in federal prisons as of Saturday, six months after such visits were ended over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Federal prisons officials said they were resuming family visits based on “the importance for inmates to maintain relationships with friends and family,” and some relatives of inmates lauded the decision. “Their miserable circumstances need some relief,” Christy Balsiger, whose husband is in a federal prison in Texas, said, adding that family visits are vital for the psychological well-being of inmates. But the coronavirus has hi

Philly Artists are in the Vanguard at MoMA Exhibit on Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Megan Voeller - October 10, 2020 In 2007, Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter was arrested on the first day of the ninth month of her pregnancy. Three days later, after receiving little to eat and no prenatal care at Riverside Correctional Facility in Holmesburg, she went into labor. What followed was a nightmare: 43 hours of labor culminating in an emergency cesarean section, all while shackled to a hospital bed. A decade later, Baxter recounted her experience in the powerful hip-hop narrative video, Ain’t I a Woman using rap and dramatic performance to tell a wrenching story about the harm caused by a punitive carceral system in the name of justice. (Shackling women duri

Conviction, Imprisonment, and Lost Earnings: Involvement with the Justice System Deepens Inequality

Breannan Center: Terry-Ann Craigie, Ames Grawert, and Cameron Kimble - September 15, 2020 America’s 400-year history of racial injustice continues to produce profound economic inequalities — a reality our society must no longer ignore. The net worth of a typical white family, for example, is 10 times that of a typical Black family. Shockingly, despite the successes of the civil rights movement, this racial wealth gap has barely changed in the last half century. This report examines the long-term economic effects of conviction and imprisonment. It demonstrates that people involved in the criminal justice system tend to earn significantly less over the course of their lives than otherwise woul

PA Bills to Reinstate Mandatory Minimums Would Push Our State Backward | Opinion

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Keenan Rambo and Samantha Jallah - September 30, 2020 George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the many other unarmed Black people killed by law enforcement officers have not deterred Pennsylvania legislators’ commitment to pushing unsound criminal reform bills. State Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery), with nine cosponsors, has introduced House Bill (HB) 1850, HB 1851, and HB 1852. The three-bill package has been presented and tabled (i.e., set aside) four times since they were considered last September, but the sponsors persist and are expected to continue to bring them up for the House’s consideration. State Rep. Stephens previously attempted to reinstate mandatory se

PRC Pardons Training: Recording and Resources

In 2019, the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons completely revamped their application process for both pardons and commutations. The process is entirely free, the application is only four pages long, and vastly underutilized by people in Philadelphia. On October 7th, PRC collaborated with Tobey Oxholm from Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity to host a training on the PA Application for Pardons and Commutations. Tobey explained the new application process, provided resources and advice on how to support someone who is not incarcerated and is interested in applying, and shared more about the important role that pardons and commutations can play in letting people live the lives they deserve.

PRC Racial Equity Training Part 1: Recording and Resources

On September 10th, PRC hosted Part 1 of a two-part training series on putting racial equity into practice in Philadelphia’s criminal justice system. Facilitated by Philadelphia's Office of Criminal Justice, Part 1 provided an overview of the policies, trends, and cultural narratives that created a racialized system of mass incarceration in Philadelphia and across the country. This training gave attendees the historical foundation needed to unpack structural racism in Philadelphia - and to start building new, more just systems. We're now happy to share both the recording of the presentation as well as a document including definitions of some of the terms covered in the training as well as a l

People Currently in State/ Federal Prison May Now Qualify for Stimulus Checks - Act by Oct 30th

The IRS was refusing to give people CARES Act relief payments if they were incarcerated. However, a federal judge recently ordered the IRS to give people payments if they qualify for them, even if incarcerated in state/ federal prison. If you did not get a payment because you were incarcerated in a state/ federal prison and you qualify, you can get a payment if you send in a paper form with postmark before October 30th, 2020. Please Note: The IRS has not agreed to approve electronic claims submitted by loved ones and third parties for people currently incarcerated. Individuals must complete/ sign the claims application themselves. You Are Eligible If ALL of the Following Are True You are a U

Philly DA’s Resident Artist Hopes New Exhibition Pushes Social Justice Forward

WHYY: Jarred Cruz - October 1, 2020 The first artist-in-residence of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has unveiled a new exhibit that hopes to spur dialogue on criminal justice reform. Throughout a 10-month residency, James Hough completed a project called “Points of Connection,” a series of portraits on display across the city that he hopes will connect the dots between culture and politics. “I think we need more art and culture embedded within our city government to produce change, legal change, policy change, and to move the progression of art, culture and social justice forward,” Hough said. The Pittsburgh-born Hough served 27 years in prison for a murder he committed in 1992

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