New statewide effort launched to help former prisoners stay free

Wolf, Shapiro tout program to help prisoners re-enter society

HARRISBURG – State officials are launching the first statewide council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars. – Sarah Mearhoff, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

ACLU pushing “smart justice values” on election day in Philadelphia

Ex-offenders get out the vote for Philly DA race

“One more day.” Just hours before the polls opened Tuesday, Nick Pressley gave out his marching orders to a group of canvassers wearing blue T-shirts. The group was gathered on the 15th floor of a Center City office building, just one block from the Philadelphia district attorney’s office.

Juvenile lifers must choose between seeking new sentences and pursuing exoneration

A judge called this juvenile lifer innocent, but he’s still in prison. Will Philly’s next DA let him go home?

Terrance Lewis, sentenced to life for second-degree murder, read the opinion in his prison cell. “The great part was, somebody finally believed me,” he said. “The sad part was, I still got to die in jail.” – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer

ACLU voter-education campaign employs formerly incarcerated people

Can this group of former offenders swing the Philly DA race?

For Robert Goode, the Philadelphia district attorney campaign feels personal. After all, the 39-year-old Mount Airy man has acquired an intimate knowledge of how prosecutors can shape citizens’ lives – starting with his first arrest on drug charges at age 28, and continuing up until this March, with a case that lingered for seven months before it was dismissed.

Crowdfunding effort aims to bring women home, inform public on effects of cash bail

Why Philly groups are celebrating Mother’s Day by bailing out black moms

When Romeeka Williams was charged with driving under the influence about a year and a half ago, the steep bail — $50,000 – was far beyond her means. So, the North Philadelphia mother of two spent three weeks in jail, and her children, ages 1 and 3 at the time, were left with her grandmother.