October 2, 2019

‘Our Voice Still Matters’: Philly Looks to Register People on Probation and Parole to Vote

Miles Bryan - October 1, 2019

Diane Duffin pays attention to politics. She’s worried about federal funding for Medicaid and Social Security, and is skeptical of President Donald Tr...

November 5, 2018

October 29, 2018, Sonali Dewali - Safe Kids Stories

There are 300,000 formerly incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia, about 20% of the city’s population. According to Jondhi Harrell, founder and director of The Center for Returning Citizens (TCRC), that means “we cou...

November 5, 2018

November 3, 2018, Max Marin - Billy Penn

Meek Mill delivered a surprise endorsement on Friday with a video backing Gov. Tom Wolf in the upcoming gubernatorial election in which he cited the Democrat’s efforts on criminal justice reform. The black-and-white video announc...

April 10, 2018


Voting has a special place in our democracy, and if an individual is eligible to vote, whether confined in a jail or not, that right must be honored. As the Supreme Court noted in the 1964 case, Reynolds v. Sims: Undoubtedly, the right of suffrage is a fundamen...

April 10, 2018

April 6, 2018

The Philadelphia Tribunal

True or false: Can you vote if you served time in jail or prison?

The answer: Ex-offenders or returning citizens, including those who have been convicted as felons, can vote once they have been released from prison.

People on probati...

April 3, 2018

March 31, 2018

Samaria Bailey

The Philadelphia Tribune

After serving more than 31 years of a life sentence on a homicide charge, Suave Gonzalez was released on Nov. 20, 2017, set free because of a 2012 Supreme Court decision that ruled sentencing juveniles to life without...

October 7, 2016

Info sheet from the Pennsylvania Prison Society, updated July 2016. Find out who can and cannot vote in PA, along with context, history, and scope of the problem of felony disenfranchisement across the country. 

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