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April 30, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today the U.S. Department of Education is inviting a new cohort of 67 schools to participate in its Second Chance Pell experiment, creating more education opportunities for incarcerated students. This action expands on...

April 30, 2020

Elizabeth Hardison - April 28, 2020

Dozens of people hoping to have their lengthy sentences cut short will have to wait indefinitely to plead their cases before Pennsylvania’s Board of Pardons, whose members have decided not to conduct interviews or cast votes remotely...

April 27, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a special alert for Supplemental Security Income and Department of Veterans Affairs beneficiaries to act by May 5 if they didn’t file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount...

April 27, 2020

After the coronavirus erupted behind bars in late March, U.S. Attorney General William Barr ordered officials running federal prisons to “immediately maximize” the release of prisoners to home confinement to prevent the spread of the virus. In a much-publicized letter,...

April 27, 2020

Like millions of other small business owners facing the financial weight of the coronavirus pandemic, Vincent Bragg saw the federal government's Payroll Protection Program as a potential lifeline.

But the fifth question on the loan application immediately disqualif...

April 27, 2020

Christian Hetrick - April 27, 2020

Hundreds of Philadelphians may be locked out of their bank accounts and could lose their federal coronavirus stimulus checks to creditors and debt collectors, cutting them off from funds they may need to pay rent and buy groceries duri...

April 23, 2020

As community-based criminal justice practitioners navigate the new world of COVID-19, a majority of them are already halting the essential services they provide to help people returning from prison or jail reenter successfully.

A survey of community-based service provid...

April 22, 2020

Juliana Feliciano Reyes - April 22, 2020

Three unions that represent thousands of workers at Philadelphia jails have taken the unusual step of calling for judges to reduce the jail population during the coronavirus pandemic.

The unions — which in total represent about 2,...

April 22, 2020

In order to facilitate the growth and global competitiveness of America’s growing minority business enterprise (MBE) community, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking to fund innovative projects – to support formerly incarcerated individuals – with...

April 22, 2020

The coronavirus has imposed widespread isolation — an experience that is deeply familiar to incarcerated people, who confront unique challenges in jail and prison. As part of their art and advocacy work with formerly incarcerated women, the People’s Paper Co-op (PPC) r...

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