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July 8, 2020

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Emily Herrick & Caroline Bauer - June 26, 2020

In the United States, the criminal justice system is one of many public institutions whose workings span multiple jurisdictions. If you’ve been arrested and served jail time, it’s not unco...

July 7, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: John Fetterman - July 6, 2020

All across Pennsylvania, we need to build trust between police and the communities they serve, with systemic change that can be created through thoughtful legislation. Community partnerships need to be formed betw...

July 6, 2020

PennLive: Jan Murphy - July 1, 2020

People with a criminal history who want to work in state-regulated occupations in Pennsylvania such as nursing or as a hair stylists will soon find their past is not holding them up from starting a career.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law...

July 2, 2020

Philadelphia Inquirer: Amy Fettig and David Fathi - July 1, 2020

Elected officials are finally acknowledging the demands for justice by Black Americans seeking an end to centuries of systemic oppression and violence from our nation’s police. After years of inaction, Gov...

July 1, 2020

The Progressive: Daniel Munczek Edelman - June 29, 2020

COVID-19 has stricken our nation’s jails and prisons, leading to tens of thousands of sickened inmates and more than 500 deaths. In response, many federal, state and local governments have agreed to release incarce...

July 1, 2020

Politico: Anna Clark - June 25, 2020 

This is going to be the rest of my life. They want me to die here.”

Demel Dukes, a 41-year-old Detroiter and father of four, was sentenced to life in prison 18 years ago. For the past five, he’s been at the Chippewa Correctional...

June 25, 2020

PennLive: Charles Thompson - June 24, 2020

A bill aimed at helping people with past criminal records find open doors to work in occupations directly regulated by the state received final passage in the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Wednesday and is now headed to Gov....

June 16, 2020

Deanna Van Buren & F. Javier Torres-Campos – Stanford Social Innovation Review, June 9, 2020

With the highest incarceration rate in the world, US prisons and jails are drivers for the catastrophic outbreak of COVID-19. Because of dense living conditions, limited soap an...

June 3, 2020

Eli Hager - June 3, 2020

Darnell Johnson long believed that he would die alone in a prison cell. In 1998, a Michigan court sentenced him to life behind bars without the possibility of parole for killing a woman and shooting two others during a botched armed robbery when...

June 2, 2020

Cyrus R. Vance Jr. - June 2, 2020

Six weeks after the Paycheck Protection Program began pumping hundreds of billions of dollars in lifelines to businesses affected by shutdowns, one group of entrepreneurs remains frozen out of resources: those who have previous criminal...

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