July 7, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Rachel Lopez - July 6, 2020

Like the rest of the United States population, the prison population is aging fast. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2030, people over the age of 55 will account for almost one-third of all incarcerated peopl...

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...

April 2, 2020

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:00 pm (EST)

Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) use an interdisciplinary team approach to divert justice involved veterans away from incarceration and into treatment. This proactive approach towards justice involvement is accomplished by effectiv...

January 27, 2020

Alicia Nieves - January 24, 2020

Schools and prisons probably shouldn’t have much in common, but research on what’s known as the “school-to-prison pipeline” shows a concerning connection.

“Once we put a kid into that system, many of them never get out. A large percent of...

January 3, 2020

From ACLU:

"Join Philly Bail Fund on MLK day, January 20, 2020, for a citywide community hearing on ending money bail and pretrial punishment in Philadelphia!

Philly is the most incarcerated big city in the United States. While we have made big strides in reducing Phil...

December 3, 2019

Samantha Melamed - December 3, 2019

Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has long argued that people should not be incarcerated for drug addiction.

Now he’s putting that philosophy into action. His office has quietly launched an interim version of an unprecedente...

November 22, 2019

Coalition Aims to Support People Who Are Arrested

Afea Tucker - November 20, 2019

The Defender Association of Philadelphia launched its Pre-Entry Coalition initiative at the Bonnell Auditorium at Community College of Philadelphia on Thursday.

The coalition is a network of...

September 19, 2019

The Essential Role of Juvenile Diversion

In 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention began awarding grants to states seeking to revamp their juvenile diversion policies and practices, with the goal of reducing formal system contact, improving yout...

August 28, 2019

Pennsylvania Plans to Close Another Prison

Marc Levy - August 28, 2019

Pennsylvania prison officials are planning to close another prison, as the inmate population continues to decline and prison costs rise, lawmakers and union officials said Wednesday.

Prison officials b...

August 13, 2019

Request for Letters of Interest for Innovative Homelessness Prevention and Diversion Activities for Families

The Office of Homeless Services is seeking Letters of Interest from not-for-profit organizations interested in...

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