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July 1, 2020

PEW: Michael Ollove - July 1, 2020

COVID-19 has raged throughout U.S. jails and prisons, where people live together in close quarters and there is little opportunity for social distancing, a lack of basic sanitary supplies and high rates of chronic disease.

While inmates...

May 8, 2020

The Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) helps low-income families experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who qualify will be eligible for a one-time payment to assist them in meeting basic needs. The program is open to families with:

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April 6, 2020

"We know there is a lot of fear and change right now because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) so we want to share important information about supplies and resources to care for you and your child. Please visit phila.gov/(COVID-19) or call 1-800-722-7112 for more information."

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April 6, 2020

During this challenging time, the wellbeing and development of our city’s children remain top priorities. In light of the school and business closures caused by COVID-19, the City’s PHLpreK team has compiled recommended activities and resources for families and childca...

March 30, 2020

Nicole Lewis - March 26, 2020

Most Fridays, Yezenia Guzman knows where her incarcerated mother-in-law is: at a hospital near the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla, receiving treatment for the melanoma in both her legs.

But now, as the coronavirus spreads...

March 19, 2020

Video Visitation

  • Video visitation is a free service being offered to inmates and authorized visitors while visitation is suspended at the facilities in response to COVID-19 precautions.

  • Video visits will begin being offered on March 19, 2020.

  • All inmate...

March 18, 2020

For the first time ever, Pennsylvania residents will be able video chat with loved ones who are serving state prison sentences.

The program, scheduled to launch by the end of the week, is part of a larger plan designed to better connect people in prison with their famil...

February 11, 2020

The Institute for Community Justice is beginning a pilot program for Family Reunification, and they are looking for families who would like to participate.

This program will provide a safe space for families to work through stressors related to incarceration. It will co...

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