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September 16, 2019

A Chance of Freedom? New Bill Could Release 1,000 People Sentenced to Life in PA Prisons

Aaron Moselle - September 16, 2019

Tom Schilk didn’t see the tourist he had stripped naked and bound fall from the third floor of his West Philadelphia apartment building.

He was in a...

August 5, 2019

First Step to Second Chances: A Guide for People Leaving Federal Prison Under the First Step Act

July 2019 - #cut50 and Root & Rebound

On December 21, 2018, the First Step Act of 2018 (FSA) became federal law with broad bipartisan support. According to The New York Times...

August 5, 2019

"More than 620,000 people are released from federal and state prisons each year and return to their communities. This substantial number is nearly equivalent to the population of Boston annually. While these and other individuals have already served their prison or jai...

August 5, 2019

The Office of Homeless Services put together a blog with everything you need to know about the end of Pennsylvania's cash benefit known as General Assistance (GA).

After July 31, 2019, the program no longer exists.

While advocates have been working to try to preserve the...

July 30, 2019

July 22, 2019 - Generocity

Community Legal Services, Inc. of Philadelphia is a non-profit public interest agency providing free civil legal services to low-income Philadelphia residents.  As the largest provider of free civil legal services in the Philadelphia area, CLS...

July 26, 2019

June 29, 2019, Tara Law - Time Magazine

The Pennsylvania senate’s state budget negotiations descended into chaos on Wednesday when lawmakers and activists clashed over the elimination of a cash assistance program for the state’s neediest people.

The PA General Assistance...

July 9, 2019

July 2, 2019,  Bobbi Booker - Generocity

Individuals with criminal records often encounter barriers to  work, decent housing and have a higher recidivism rate — and approximately 77 million Americans have a criminal record.

On Friday, June 28, Pennsylvania became the fir...

July 9, 2019

July 3, 2019, Michael Tanenbaum - The Philadelphia Inquirer

A new policy implemented by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner will eliminate fines and fees for indigent defendants, placing a greater focus on ensuring payment of restitution in cases involving vict...

June 27, 2019

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While men compromise the overwhelming proportion of people in prison for life, the number of women serving life sentences is rising more quickly than it is for men. Nationwide one of every 15 women in prison — nearly 7,000 w...

June 27, 2019

Calling all advocates and organizers! (designers, click here!)

CUP is looking for community and advocacy organizations working to address policy issues that would benefit from a visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of the issue is leading to social in...

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