Back in January, Municipal Court Judge Marsha Neifield was undertaking a radical experiment in criminal-justice reform from the otherwise drab confines of an 11th-floor courtroom in the Criminal Justice Center. There were no major criminal cases on her docket – just addicts, small-time drug dealers, and a man accused of stealing a power drill from inside a car.
El Zol radio program discusses the stigma surrounding prisoners and implications for family support, employment, and life in general. Luis ‘Suave’ Gonzalez and his sister call in to discuss recently seeing each other for the first time in 24 years while he serves a life sentence in Graterford prison. This is a bilingual recording and the first English-language portion begins at 7:40.
It’s a Wednesday afternoon, shortly after school has let out, in one of Philadelphia’s most notorious neighborhoods: Nicetown. Over the last 30 days, more violent crimes have occurred here, home to 18,000 Philadelphians, than in any other neighborhood.