Justice issues dominated recent Philly DA forum

District attorney candidates squared off at Philly Set Go’s millennial town hall – Generocity Philly

Expungement of criminal records, overcrowding in jails and prisons, gun violence and, of course, marijuana – these were some of the biggest topics that all eight candidates for district attorney were questioned about Wednesday night at a millennial-focused town hall.

Volunteers respond to friends and family of people in prison

Pennsylvania Prison Society turns 230

As the Pennsylvania Prison Society’s new executive director, Claire Shubik-Richards will take the podium at Wednesday’s celebration of the society’s 230 th birthday at the Eastern State Penitentiary. On Tuesday, she spent the day preparing her remarks.

Seventeen percent of Philadelphia inmates living with serious mental illness

Can Pennsylvania find a way out for thousands of mentally ill inmates languishing in county jails?

Bruce Herdman, chief of medical operations for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, sometimes describes the county jails this way: “This is the largest psychiatric hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.” Forty percent of Philadelphia inmates are on psychotropic medications; 17 percent have what’s considered a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

Panelists pointed to lack of jobs and stable, long-term housing

Advocates ask for more reentry efforts in Phila.

Of the 2,000 juveniles serving life sentences around the United States, 500 come from Pennsylvania and 300 come directly from here. That means the city has produced 15 percent of the country’s so-called “juvenile-lifers.” The Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project (YSRP) is working to change that.