Next summer, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will create a public art installation about criminal justice reform called “Voices.” Until then, it will foster discussions and workshops focused on solutions to the problems of mass incaceration. The first workshop took place Wednesday afternoon at Graterford prison, a maximum security state correctional institute in Montgomery County.
When it comes to how poor people are treated at work, Sharon Dietrich gets mad. “I’m mad on a daily basis,” said Dietrich, 55, litigation director and managing attorney of the employment law practice at Community Legal Services. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer
Important information if you have a criminal record. Effective November 14, people with certain misdemeanor convictions can ask the court to seal their records. The sealed record will only be available to law enforcement officers, and, if your record is sealed, you can truthfully tell a prospective employer that you have no criminal record.
Jody stared at the well-worn court paperwork spread across her dining room table. The pages, folded and refolded hundreds of times, have haunted her for a decade — a constant reminder of her one and only brush with the law.
Meghan Claiborne and John Coyle never imagined that the little volunteer project they decided to shepherd on behalf of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association would mushroom into Saturday’s mega-event. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer
Steve left Vare Recreation Center over the weekend with a big grin on his face. For the better part of two decades, his criminal record has kept him from getting jobs he’s wanted, even though he was never convicted of anything.