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LaFaye Gaskins, Whose Conviction Was the Subject of a Philly Mag Investigation, Freed From Prison

I visited Philly last week to spend time with LaFaye Gaskins, whose murder conviction I investigated for this magazine in 2016. Gaskins, 54, walked out […]

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Eastern State Showcases Work of Incarcerated Filmmakers in “Hidden Lives Illuminated”

When Sean Kelley, director of interpretation at Eastern State Penitentiary, stood before inmates at the Chester State Correctional Institution a year ago to ask if they wanted to […]

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Protest Over “Punitive” Inmate Mail Policy Planned for Gov. Wolf’s Philly Office

Protesters will visit Gov. Tom Wolf’s Philadelphia office on Tuesday — and bring hundreds of holiday cards with them. Demonstrators want to speak out against […]

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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.