La Colombe's Hope & Fury concert series returns for an evening of music and discussion of mass incarceration, created to inspire change through important issues and hard conversations within the current political landscape.
PLSE is launching the search for our second Mike Lee Fellow. The fellowship is a six-month paid opportunity offered to someone who has direct experience with the criminal justice system, has shown a strong interest in community organizing, and is passionate about having a positive impact in their community. An official position description is attached with further details.
We are inviting you to nominate someone for the...
The First Year After Leaving Prison is Harder for Hispanics
"The first 72 hours after being released are crucial. Having counted down the days with scratches on a cell wall, that longed-for moment is a dream that can vanish in just three days. More than ten studies and organizations explain that reentry programs should put special emphasis on this decisive transition period following release.
Join the Institute for Community Justice for an Expungement Summit Reentry Resource & Health Fair
The Institute for Community Justice (ICJ) in partnership with Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE), Deliverance Evangelistic Church Prison Ministry, Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers, The Defenders Association of Philadelphia, and CRESCO Labs presents an “Expungement Summit and Reentry Resource/Health Fair.” The...
The Transforming Justice Conference will engage in conversation on the current state of the criminal justice system to include the inequities in the system, the barriers to reintegration, and strategies for improvement. The conference will feature local, regional, and national leaders in the space.
Bringing a Data-Driven and Public Health Approach to the DA's Office
Philadelphia's District Attorney, Larry Krasner, has been recognized for reinventing the role of prosecutor into a leading champion of criminal justice reform in the United States. Throughout his 30 year career, Mr. Krasner has also proudly demonstrated a steadfast commitment to social justice, having defended protesters pro bono who were involved with movemen...
The Phoebus Criminal Justice Initiative provides grants to organizations using community organizing for criminal justice reform. Grantees target issues that include (but are not limited to) police accountability, racially biased sentencing policies, growth of the for-profit prison industry, criminalization of youth, and the death penalty.
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 placements pose a high risk of short- and long-term harm to children. Placing young people outside their homes disrupts family ties, undermines educational continuity...
‘This is About Using Our Budget Dollars Wisely’: PA. Corrections Dept. Establishes New Guidelines for Former Inmates Seeking Help
Stephen Caruso - October 30, 2019
As it tries to plug a $140 million budget hole, the state Department of Corrections has started screening inmates who want help securing housing, employment and other support services after they’re released from prison.
The new policy, announced in a memo to agency sta...
Philly Jails to Spend $9 Million on Hepatitis C Treatment
Nina Feldman - October 30, 2019
The Philadelphia Department of Prisons has started testing all inmates for hepatitis C and treating those who will be incarcerated long enough to be cured. Officials at the jail estimate they will cure 700 people in the course of a year, costing $9 million in city funds.
The move comes on the heels of a settlement resulting from a 2018 class...