January 17, 2020

Samantha Melamed - January 16, 2020

For LaTonya Myers, receiving a citation from Mayor Jim Kenney in 2018 for her work as the Defender Association of Philadelphia’s first-ever Bail Navigator felt like the moment she’d finally overcome her past — the 2011 conviction on d...

January 15, 2020

By Peter Wagner

The Rebellious Law Conference at Yale in late February sponsored a lively panel on how the state oppresses those with disabilities. The new welfare law denies the disabled benefits. Despite the fact that prisons cost more and are less effective than trea...

January 15, 2020

Marc Eichmann - January 15, 2020

Jarell Hawkins is one of 20 formerly incarcerated people hired by 2 Fish Home Renovations.

Along with Delaware Technical and Community College, 2 Fish offers a five-week construction training course behind bars to give prisoners a better...

January 13, 2020

Samantha Melamed - January 6, 2020

It took more than a decade after the legislature issued it a mandate, but Pennsylvania’s Commission on Sentencing has finally instituted guidelines for resentencing people who violate their probation.

What the commission came up wi...

January 9, 2020

You are cordially invited to join The Urban League of Philadelphia & Aramark for a private screening of the critically-acclaimed film, "JUST MERCY". 

Tickets are FREE. Limit 2 per person. This event requires online registration. Please bring your pri...

December 18, 2019

Leaders in the PA House of Representatives announced the chamber will take up a bipartisan package of bills to reform Pennsylvania’s probation and parole system, to reduce recidivism and to help formerly incarcerated individuals find jobs that will help them avoid some...

December 18, 2019

Criminal Justice Reform: Restoring Equity to a Broken System MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge

The first year of the Mayor’s term, 2016, brought a landmark announcement: Philadelphia became the largest grant award recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthu...

December 18, 2019

Marc Levy - December 18, 2019

Pennsylvania enacted a new law Wednesday that is designed to limit the stays of lower-risk offenders in prison in its latest effort to reduce the state’s prison population and to stop first-time offenders from becoming repeat offenders.


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...

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