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
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.
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.
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I can’t help but smile while Colwin Williams talks about wanting a speed bump on the West Philly street where he and his family just moved. There are a lot of children in the neighborhood, including his own 2-year-old, Aisha. That was part of the attraction to the place.