From prison to vice-president, Rob Rosa owes it all to his dogs

A year later, inmates who met Pope Francis are still caught in the justice system – Generocity Philly

(Photo by Max Marin) Correction: Angelo Cameron is Brandan Hargrose’s court-appointed lawyer, not a public defender. Edit 9/28 @ 12:40 p.m. In the summer of 2015, Brandan Hargrose was working in the upholstery shop at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, happy to be using his hands again, to have a job again, a hardscrabble routine for his life behind bars.

Local businesses offer round-trip rides to prisons throughout state

Jaunts to jail: Pa. prison overcrowding leads to a Philly area cottage industry

By her estimate, Stacey Wilson has spent more than a week of her life traveling to and from prisons to visit her son Derron, who is serving 7-and-a-half to 15 years for attempted murder. He formerly was imprisoned at Graterford and Camp Hill, and she visited as often as twice a week.

Therapists and counselors need relief too

Tips on fighting ‘compassion fatigue’ in the helping professions

Derik Moore’s job defined stressful. When he worked as a Philadelphia Department of Human Services investigator, he was the one who talked to children who had been abused, sometimes sexually, and confronted their abusers. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer

A $10K grant pairs female inmates with shelter dogs for training program

Female inmates help train shelter dogs with $10K grant

It may have been her pronounced underbite that kept Sparky from getting adopted. But now, the mixed-breed rescue is about to become a service dog. New Leash on Life, which pairs adoptable shelter dogs with prison inmates, just received a $10,000 grant earmarked for female prisoners from The Transition Network, a group of professional women, through its fund at The Philadelphia Foundation, the group announced.

Philadelphia inmates get new leash on life

LOST & FOUND

Joe Davis was born a few weeks before Thanksgiving in 1972, better off than most. His father worked in a chocolate factory. His mother counseled troubled kids and drug addicts. In his crayon-colored memories, he conjures a happy boyhood in Germantown.