Of the 2,000 juveniles serving life sentences around the United States, 500 come from Pennsylvania and 300 come directly from here. That means the city has produced 15 percent of the country’s so-called “juvenile-lifers." The Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) is working to change that. On Wednesday evening, YSRP held an event called “The State of Criminal Justice & Reentry in Philadelphia: Opportunities for Innovation & Reform.” Featuring two panels of criminal justice experts and government officials, the event brought together stake holders in the area of criminal justice reform to explore what’s being done—and what can be done—to improve the system.
Advocates ask for more reentry efforts in Philadelphia