New tool helps juvenile lifers navigate reentry to a dramatically different world | Opinion – Philly
The challenge of building new lives on the outside is daunting and in many ways, it is more difficult for former juvenile lifers than for other formerly incarcerated men and women. – Lauren Fine, Joanna Visser Adjoian, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
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The Reentry Project Monthly: February, 2018
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