July 8, 2020

Stanford Social Innovation Review: Emily Herrick & Caroline Bauer - June 26, 2020

In the United States, the criminal justice system is one of many public institutions whose workings span multiple jurisdictions. If you’ve been arrested and served jail time, it’s not uncommon to interact with more than 10 different organizations in the process. These often include federal, state, and local government entities; nonprofits; and pri...

July 8, 2020

Philanthropy Network of Greater Philadelphia - July 7, 2020

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, financial support from the Judge Alfred L. Luongo Fund was released to participants in court programs dedicated to supporting individuals in reentry.

At the request of the STAR Reentry Court Team, the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, through the Luongo Fund, purchased and distributed $100 Visa gift cards for necessities such as groce...

July 7, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: John Fetterman - July 6, 2020

All across Pennsylvania, we need to build trust between police and the communities they serve, with systemic change that can be created through thoughtful legislation. Community partnerships need to be formed between law enforcement organizations, residents, schools, child support services, prosecutors, religious leaders, businesses, and other members of our society.


July 7, 2020

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Rachel Lopez - July 6, 2020

Like the rest of the United States population, the prison population is aging fast. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2030, people over the age of 55 will account for almost one-third of all incarcerated people. That means that American prisons will house upward of 400,000 older prisoners, about the same population of New Orleans, representing a near doubling of the n...

July 6, 2020

The Intercept: Natasha Lennard - July 5, 2020

When the 29-year-old parolee walked out of the New Jersey state prison where he had been incarcerated for the last six years, he felt that he had stepped “into a frozen world.” He was released on parole on March 11, as coronavirus cases in the state began to spike, just 10 days before Gov. Phil Murphy implemented a statewide stay-at-home order.

If the last three months of pandem...

July 6, 2020

Time Magazine: Andrew Welsh-Huggins - July 3, 2020

The number of prison inmates testing positive for the coronavirus soared well past the 50,000 mark last month, as recent outbreaks threatened to undo control measures put in place earlier in the pandemic.

At the end of June, the total number of coronavirus cases among prisoners had reached at least 52,649, an increase of 8% from the week before, according to data compiled b...

July 6, 2020

PennLive: Jan Murphy - July 1, 2020

People with a criminal history who want to work in state-regulated occupations in Pennsylvania such as nursing or as a hair stylists will soon find their past is not holding them up from starting a career.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law on Wednesday a bill that overhauls the state’s outdated occupational licensing laws that previously denied residents the ability to obtain a state certification...

July 2, 2020

Philadelphia Inquirer: Amy Fettig and David Fathi - July 1, 2020

Elected officials are finally acknowledging the demands for justice by Black Americans seeking an end to centuries of systemic oppression and violence from our nation’s police. After years of inaction, Gov. Tom Wolf promised to take action on the issue, and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced 13 proposed reforms to the city’s Police Department. These are steps...

July 1, 2020

The New York Times - June 25, 2020

The situation inside the nation’s jails and prisons amid the Covid-19 pandemic has become the stuff of nightmares. Overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, shortages of personal protective equipment (not to mention soap) and restrictions on hygiene products such as hand sanitizer have turned detention facilities into a playground for the virus and a death trap for inmates — many of whom,...

July 1, 2020

PEW: Michael Ollove - July 1, 2020

COVID-19 has raged throughout U.S. jails and prisons, where people live together in close quarters and there is little opportunity for social distancing, a lack of basic sanitary supplies and high rates of chronic disease.

While inmates mostly stay behind concrete walls and barbed wire, those barriers can’t contain an infectious disease like COVID-19. Not only can the virus be brought into jail...

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