May 21, 2020

Cary Aspinwall, Keri Blankinger and Joseph Neff - May 14, 2020

Melissa Ann Horn’s name appeared over and over in court records and jail blotters in the rural Virginia county where she was born, and where she was arrested for crimes related to her struggles wit...

May 21, 2020

John Hargreaves - May 14, 2020

The recent order by Gov. Tom Wolf to reduce the number of inmates in state prisons due to the COVID-19 outbreak is wise policy. It is also a wonderful opportunity to further address the cost of prison and prison health care.

Prisons are ver...

May 4, 2020

Jeremy Roebuck - May 2, 2020

Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center — one of the only corrections facilities in the region that had no known coronavirus infections after nearly two months — reported its first two cases to a judge Friday.

Government lawyers disclosed in...

April 16, 2020

Jeremy Roebuck - April 15, 2020

On Saturday, Rudolph Sutton’s son said he got news he had waited 30 years to hear: Philadelphia prosecutors would review his father’s claim that he’d been wrongfully imprisoned for a 1988 murder in South Philadelphia.

But the son had news...

April 15, 2020

Jeremy Roebuck, Laura McCrystal, Chris Palmer and Dylan Purcell - April 14, 2020

"A 48-year-old woman on Tuesday became the first Philadelphia jail inmate to die of complications from the coronavirus, city officials said.

The Department of Prisons did not release the wom...

April 13, 2020

"The recent federal law passed (the CARES Act) to help small business owners during the coronavirus crisis through loan relief unfortunately has been interpreted by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to exclude owners with certain criminal records.

Are you a small...

April 13, 2020

Eli Hager April 8, 2020

Michelle E. of Scottsdale, Arizona, was relieved when President Trump last month signed into law the sweeping stimulus package intended to keep the U.S. economy afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

Michelle and her husband have owned a sma...

March 30, 2020

Eli Hager - March 28, 2020

It seemed a welcome announcement for prisoners and their families. On Thursday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr ordered the federal prison system to release some elderly or sick people instead of keeping them in overcrowded penitentiaries w...

February 25, 2020

Alyn E Waller and Andrea E. Custis

Six months before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a group of students at Barratt Junior High School in South Philadelphia. He advised, “Don’t allow anybody to make you feel like you are nobody. Always feel that y...

February 5, 2020

Fredrick Butcher and Jeff M. Kretschmar - February 4, 2020

As the juvenile justice system has evolved, the use of statistics and data to inform decision-making have become commonplace. Risk assessment in the juvenile justice system is widely used across the United State...

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