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Mayor Kenney: Philly’s Oldest Prison to Close by 2020

With Philadelphia zeroing in on its goal to reduce the city’s overall prison population by 34 percent, Mayor Jim Kenney and Prisons Commissioner Blanche Carney […]

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DA Krasner Will Drop Cash Bail for Most Non-Violent Crimes

In a move to fulfill his campaign promises, District Attorney Larry Krasner announced on Wednesday plans for cash bail reform in Philadelphia. Speaking at a […]

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City Council Declares Push to End Cash Bail in Philly

Philadelphia officials have declared their intention to end cash bail in the city. In a symbolic but nonetheless historic move, City Council members passed a resolution on […]

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These Philadelphians Are Raising Money to Bail Out Inmates

Bethany Stewart wants you to turn up this weekend. More specifically, she wants you to “TurnUp to BailOut.” That’s the name of an event she and […]

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6 Montco Correctional Officers Charged With Assaulting Prisoners

Six correctional officers at a Montgomery County jail have been charged in two alleged assaults that investigators say took place in February. Montgomery County District […]

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BLM Philly Wants to Bail Out Women For Mother’s Day

UPDATE: Organizers have now collected more than $18,000.  This Mother’s Day, Black Lives Matter Philly wants to give at least a dozen women – and […]

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Hostage Situation at Delaware Prison Ends With One Employee Dead

A hostage situation and standoff that lasted about 20 hours at Delaware’s largest state prison has resulted in the death of one prison guard, according […]

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Pennsylvania Plans to Close Two Prisons This Year

Pennsylvania will close two prisons by June 30th, according to a press release from the state’s Department of Corrections. “We have implemented a variety of […]

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After DNA Exoneration, Anthony Wright Sues City and Police

Less than one month ago Anthony Wright walked out of prison, where he had spent the previous 25 years for the 1991 rape and murder […]

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Study: Pa. and N.J. Have High Racial, Ethnic Disparities in Incarceration

A recent report by the D.C. based Sentencing Project found that New Jersey was the most racially disparate state in terms of incarceration, and Pennsylvania […]

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Pennsylvania Inmates Perform Well Above National Average on GED

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently announced that inmates in the state scored higher than the national average on the GED for the third year […]

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Philly Is Rethinking Life Without Parole Sentences for Juveniles

Inmates sentenced as juveniles to life without parole are about to get a second chance in Philadelphia, according to a new report in the Inquirer. 

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After Inviting Reporters to Outdated Jail, Kenney Kicks Them Out

There must have been a miscommunication, because Mayor Jim Kenney was clearly unhappy to see a small corps of reporters at the House of Correction […]

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MacArthur Grant Will Give City Tools to Cut Prison Population

Philadelphia officials gathered Wednesday afternoon at the Criminal Justice Center to officially announce and celebrate a $3.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation that will allow the city […]

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9 Bold Ideas From Philly’s Plan to Cut the Prison Population

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration announced today that it has won a $3.5 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation to implement a bold plan to reduce […]