March 19, 2020

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) requested the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) release prisoners who are vulnerable to coronavirus to prevent an outbreak in federal prisons.

The letter, addressed to Attorney General William Barr and BOP D...

January 30, 2020

For many teens, turning 18 is a milestone marked by celebration, a rite of passage that comes with a sense of independence, freedom and excitement about the future.

On William Bentley’s 18th birthday, he woke up in the juvenile unit of a Philadelphia prison and was told...

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...

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 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...

September 9, 2019

A New Risk Assessment Tool for Sentencing in PA Criminal Cases—Reform or More Harm? | Opinion

Laurel Gift - September 7, 2019

On September 5, 2019, the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing adopted a Sentence Risk Assessment Instrument that has been subject to harsh crit...

July 16, 2019

July 15, 2019, Michaelle Bond - The Inquirer

Twenty-eight years after police arrested Chester Hollman III for murder, 25 years after a judge sentenced him to life in prison, and seven years after a key trial witness admitted she had falsely implicated him because of pre...

July 9, 2019

July 8, 2019, Morgan Gstalter - The Hill

An inmate who was granted clemency by former President Obama in 2016 said she wants to let him know that she is now enrolled in college and made the honor roll.

Danielle Metz said she would like to tell Obama: “You don't know what...

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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...

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