Automatic life-without-parole sentences for juveniles ruled unconstitutional

Pa. courts scramble to catch up to juvenile-lifers decision

Recently, Earl Rice Jr., an inmate at Graterford Prison, got unexpected news from a relative: A judge had unceremoniously changed his sentence from life without parole to life with parole. Chester County Court Judge James MacElree later explained: “That’s what the Supreme Court of the United States said I had to do.

Trying to survive on a $1 million block in Philadelphia

The Statistically Predictable and Wholly Tragic Story of Aquil Bickerstaff

It would be wrong to say Aquil Bickerstaff was destined to end up dead or in prison. But like all black men of his generation, the odds were stacked against him. When he was born in 1985, to a working-class family in North Philadelphia, he entered a world that was becoming increasingly hostile to him.

Washington D.C. makes prisoner reentry a city service

Will D.C. Be the First U.S. City to Escape the Prison Trap?

Charles Thornton was a popular point guard at H.D. Woodson Senior High School, a nine-story concrete building in northeast Washington, D.C., which soon after opening acquired the nickname “Tower of Power.” It was the late 1970s, and this quick-moving kid who played for the youngest school in the District was ranked as an All-Metropolitan player, and among the top 100 in the country.