Jenkins: Mothers in Charge “Thinking for a Change” program works with juvenile offenders to reduce recidivism

Week 17: Malcolm Jenkins’ Criminal Justice Season – The Philadelphia Citizen

Over the last year, I’ve met countless heroes working on the frontlines of criminal justice reform, committed to making our city better. The stakes are so high. There are currently 2.7 million children in the United States with a parent in prison. Statistics show that those children have twice the risk for developing dysfunctional problems, …

New model may help families and friends support defendants in Philadelphia

Ideas We Should Steal Participatory Defense

To get our minds around the problem of mass incarceration, we often resort to numbers . About 2.3 million in prison nationwide. Seven million when we include the “correctional supervision” of probation and parole. That’s our city five times over, a population greater than most states, a number that not even the police regimes of China and Russia can touch.

Music program inside Graterford needs funding; raises reform questions

Americans want fewer prisoners. What’s art have to do with it? – Generocity Philly

A unique year-old pilot music program inside Pennsylvania’s largest prison needs funding to keep going. Its early success and relationship with the state offers a look inside our appetite for – and the limits of – a new kind of criminal justice reform.

Coalition sends workers to factory with industry-recognized certificates earned in jail

What works: In rural Tennessee, ex-offenders get a second chance and a new career

WINCHESTER, TENNESSEE – Scott Crago says everyone deserves a second chance. That goes for ex-criminals fresh out of jail. Crago has heard all the tales of heartbreak in rural Tennessee – absent daddies, grannies raising babies, mamas dying young, drinking, drugs and what that all means for folks locked up in the Franklin County jail.

Activists launch efforts to raise community money for bail

Can a Philly community bail fund fix our criminal-justice system?

The Philly Community Bail Fund is an effort that’s part protest against a cash-bail system they say unfairly penalizes the poor, and part stopgap until a more permanent change can be made. – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

Business leaders surveyed on hiring formerly incarcerated people

What Philly-area CEOs think about hiring ex-inmates

Some firms believe in – and are willing to – give the formerly incarcerated a second chance. At other firms, restrictions mandated by clients or other associations forbid the practice. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News