March 3, 2020

The number of women in state and federal prisons grew by nearly 800% between 1978 and 2016. This dramatic increase in the number of incarcerated women has led to calls for gender responsive policies and practice that address incarcerated women’s needs and circumstances...

January 31, 2020

The U.S. is in the throes of a deadly overdose crisis that claimed almost 70,000 lives in 2018. Of those, around 30,000 deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Policymakers have responded to the overdose crisis with a rhetorical emphasis on “treatment instead...

December 17, 2019

New America has released a report that seeks to facilitate conversations around the potential of correctional post secondary education and/or job training programs as tools to mitigate the gap in skills and employment challenges for justice-involved individuals. In pre...

December 13, 2019

The process of reentry for formerly incarcerated persons can be a burdensome, stigma-laden transition, and any difficult transition requires resilience. African Americans—the group most impacted by incarceration trauma—commonly depend on faith leaders in times of crisi...

November 4, 2019

Transforming Justice: Bringing Pennsylvania’s Young People Safely Home from Juvenile Justice Placements

There is broad consensus that incarcerating youth in the juvenile justice system is both dangerous and ineffective. Secure facilities and other juvenile justice place...

October 24, 2019

The Probation Trap

Samantha Melamed and Dylan Purcell - October 24, 2019

Pennsylvania has one of the nation's highest rates of supervision, driven by unusual laws that leave judges unchecked. But many people fail, ending up in jail or in a cycle of ever more probati...

October 11, 2019

U.S. Prison Population Trends: Massive Buildup and Modest Decline

By year end 2017, 1.4 million people were imprisoned in the United States, a decline of 7% since the prison population reached its peak level in 2009. This follows a nearly 700% growth in the prison popul...

September 27, 2019

GSA Consumer Action Handbook

U.S. General Services Administration has published a guidebook intended to consolidate information regarding  a variety of government and consumer services. The Consumer Action Handbook features topics that affect everyone, such as credit re...

September 25, 2019

Supporting Reentry Employment and Success: A Summary of the Evidence for Adults and Young Adults

For more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Labor has supported a system of reentry services for people who are released from an incarceration facility by committing subs...

August 27, 2019

After Inquirer Probe, Philly Jails Will Release Prisoners Earlier and with All of Their Belongings

Pranshu Verma - August 26, 2019

"Two weeks after an Inquirer investigation revealed that the Philadelphia Department of Prisons released nearly three-quarters of people fro...

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