January 29, 2020

By Joanna Visser Adjoian and Cameron Holmes 

According to Mayor Jim Kenney, who began his second term as mayor on Jan. 6, his stated goals this term include reducing gun violence and continuing the city’s efforts to cut the jail population in half. As attorneys and advocates providing reentry supports to youth and former “Juvenile Lifers” in Philadelphia, city leaders can hold true to these commitments by investing in form...

January 28, 2020

Haverford College invites members of the Greater Philadelphia community to a free 10-hour introduction to restorative justice (RJ). This highly participatory workshop was developed by men incarcerated at Graterford Prison, and will be facilitated by leaders of Let’s Circle Up. The four themes addressed in workshop sessions are: rethinking justice, exploring harm, developing restorative approaches, and applying RJ values to our...

January 28, 2020

The Qualitative and Collateral Benefits of College in Prison: The Case for Making Second Chance Pell Real for Everyone

Darnell Epps will discuss why Federal Pell Grants and state financial aid should be extended to everyone who is incarcerated, regardless of the length of their sentence. In doing so, he will highlight many of the arguments made in his recently published op-ed in the New York Daily News.

Mr. Epps is currently a g...

January 28, 2020

Danielle Sered - January 22, 2020

More than half of those incarcerated in the USA are convicted of violent crimes. System should not be about punishment but about making victims whole.

Nearly a decade ago, I sat across from a young man whose body still bore a scar from an assault he had sustained. The person who hurt him was facing a substantial prison sentence for the crime. This survivor was given a choice. Did he want that pe...

January 27, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two long-awaited pieces of criminal justice legislation into law on December 18, 2019: Senate Bill (SB) 500, which will improve county-run probation systems, and SB 501, which will streamline the process for placing people in substance addiction treatment, lead to new probation sentencing guidelines, and make other improvements to sentencing statutes. Together, these bills are expected to...

January 27, 2020

Alicia Nieves - January 24, 2020

Schools and prisons probably shouldn’t have much in common, but research on what’s known as the “school-to-prison pipeline” shows a concerning connection.

“Once we put a kid into that system, many of them never get out. A large percent of them, sometimes 50 percent of them, will stay in the system the rest of their lives,” said Kevin Bethel. “I said I couldn’t do it anymore.”

Bethel is a veteran c...

January 27, 2020

Join PathWays PA & New Century Trust to see the new Self-Sufficiency Standard!

Census data tells us that 26% of Philadelphia households live in poverty. In reality, even more households in Philadelphia - and across Pennsylvania - don't have the income they need to reach self-sufficiency. 

Since 1997, PathWays PA has worked with Dr. Diana Pearce to calculate The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Pennsylvania. Over the last 23 years,...

January 23, 2020

Samantha Melamed - January 23, 2020

As traffic roared down the four-lane road bisecting a bleak industrial corner of Chester, Terrance Lewis, 41, stood on the broken sidewalk outside the prison and gazed about, as if taking in a dazzling view. It was his first unobstructed look toward the horizon in decades.

It was May 2019, and Lewis had been imprisoned, by his calculation, for 21 years, five months, five days, 11 hours.

The day...

January 21, 2020

Efforts to remove questions about previous convictions from employment applications have little effect on recidivism, a new study finds.

Ryan Sherrand, an economics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, examined data from states and jurisdictions that have passed “Ban the Box” (BTB) policies from 2000 to 2016 and found “little evidence that BTB policies are reducing recidivism.”

In recent years, politicians a...

January 21, 2020

The Facilities Technician’s role is to ensure that Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s facilities are safe, operational, well maintained, and suitable for all visitors and ESPHS staff. The Facilities Technician reports to the Facilities Maintenance Manager.


  • Waste/Recycling – ensure site trash cans are emptied at regular intervals

  • Landscaping – ensure greenery on site is maintained • Snow/Ice...

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