criminal-justice-reform

Ex-offenders who complete reentry program eligible for Philly Housing Authority housing

BY: - May 4, 2022

The program, which started in 2015, has been so successful that PHA officials made the decision to expand it.

COMMENTARY

Spring Brings New Life: Let’s pass compassionate release for our incarcerated neighbors | Opinion

BY: - May 2, 2022

Everyone deserves a second chance. This is our chance to give it to them. Let's pass bills sponsored by Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia.

COMMENTARY

And justice for whom? Pa. lags on commutations, new data shows | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 28, 2022

A survey of 8 northeastern states found an average of one commutation for every 10K imprisoned people each year.

Senate probation reform bill faces pushback from advocates who say they prefer the status quo

BY: - April 27, 2022

The bill, SB 913, which is currently before the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate in December, is based on several other pieces of previously introduced legislation.

The link between race and solitary confinement in Pennsylvania prisons | Analysis

BY: - February 27, 2022

'Solitary confinement is inhumane and ineffective in many ways," state Rep. Donna Bullock, D-Philadelphia, said.

COMMENTARY

The war on drugs failed. Don’t try it again

BY: - February 17, 2022

If prison worked, or if enforcement eliminated drug supplies, the U.S. would have seen a decrease in drug use and overdose deaths in the decades since the war on drugs began.

COMMENTARY

An Open Letter to Meek Mill: Pa. needs real probation reform | Opinion

BY: - January 27, 2022

We need real probation reform. The bill now before the General Assembly isn't it.

COMMENTARY

After dropping early in the pandemic, jail populations are rising again | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 12, 2022

COVID-19 cases, not actual policy changes, drove the temporary reduction, according to new research.

COMMENTARY

Report: Unaffordable cash bail is ‘a statewide crisis’ in Pa. | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - January 3, 2022

Local magisterial district justices 'routinely' set bail that people can't afford, triggering a 'cascade of harmful consequences.'

COMMENTARY

The slow undoing of the Sixth Amendment | Opinion

BY: - December 22, 2021

A look at the federal criminal justice system is telling. A 2018 report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers found that fewer than three percent of federal criminal cases result in a trial. Most criminal cases in America end without a jury hearing even a whisper of evidence.

As Philly’s murder rate soars, DA Larry Krasner plays ‘good cop/bad cop’

BY: - December 18, 2021

'This is what people actually want in the United States,' he said. "The mainstream Democratic Party has not figured it out, but this is actually what Americans want'

Pa. Senate approves bill reforming probation system, sends to House for consideration

BY: - December 16, 2021

The proposal, authored by Sen. Lisa Baker, R-Luzerne, would establish mandatory review conferences, guidelines for sending a nonviolent offender on probation to jail.