July 28, 2020

BillyPenn: Corina Scott - July 24, 2020

Within a week of the start of the protests that continue to surge through the nation, nearly every college in the United States released a statement that supposedly reaffirmed their own commitments to racial justice and systemic c...

July 8, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened and extended the deadline for businesses to apply for loans to August 8. The SBA has also recently relaxed its criminal history barriers for PPP assistance.

Please note, there has been a change in the criminal...

July 6, 2020

The Intercept: Natasha Lennard - July 5, 2020

When the 29-year-old parolee walked out of the New Jersey state prison where he had been incarcerated for the last six years, he felt that he had stepped “into a frozen world.” He was released on parole on March 11, as coron...

June 8, 2020

The CARES Act is providing federal funding to help our nation’s small businesses get through the COVID-19 pandemic. But thousands of small business owners are finding themselves blocked from receiving this critical aid because they have a conviction or arrest record in...

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

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...

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