Rapper raises money to fund music classes for incarcerated youth

Chill Moody will help raise money for music classes for Philly juvenile inmates

Proceeds from Thursday’s show at Boot & Saddle with go toward the music nonprofit Beyond the Bars. Local rapper Chill Moody will headline a benefit show tomorrow night at the South Philly venue Boot & Saddle. Proceeds from the concert will go toward Beyond the Bars, a nonprofit that aims to increase music education resources for incarcerated juveniles in Philadelphia.

People sentenced just after turning 18 are appealing Pa.’s mandatory life sentences

In Philly courts, whether they’ll die in prison comes down to their birthday

Juvenile lifers are getting a chance at release under a Supreme Court decision that their sentences were illegal. Now, appeals by 18-, 19- and 20-year-old lifers who say they, too, should get relief have begun to reach the state’s highest court.

 

Sentencing children to life in prison requires incapability of rehabilitation, Pa. court rules

Pennsylvania’s top court just made it way harder to sentence kids to life in prison

The court ruled that there is a presumption against life sentences for juveniles – and that, in order to sentence a minor to life, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he is incapable of rehabilitation. – Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

State legislators considering better guidelines for public school discipline

Pa. guidelines for school discipline may change

After learning about a 6-year-old autistic student who was put in handcuffs for biting his aide in 2013, Phoenixville parent Blake Emmanuel took action. Before she was through, a bipartisan legislative commission had investigated harsh disciplinary practices in schools and concluded that they negatively affect all students, but that children of color and those with disabilities are disproportionately affected.

Join us at a free event Tuesday: Re-Entry Film Festival will feature “They Call Us Monsters” documentary

You can RSVP for this free event now:

Re-Entry Film Festival Featuring: “They Call Us Monsters”

A Re-Entry Film Festival and Panel discussion featuring the documentary: “They Call Us Monsters”. This film explores the dynamics of the criminal justice system in which juveniles are treated like adults and held in adult prisons, sometimes for life.

More info: A Re-Entry Film Festival and panel discussion featuring the documentary: “They Call Us Monsters”. This film explores the dynamics of the criminal justice system in which juveniles are treated like adults and held in adult prisons, sometimes for life. The panel discussion will feature expert criminologists, community activists and formerly incarcerated juvenile lifers who will share their experiences, insights and solutions for addressing this horrible practice. The Reentry Project’s Editor, Jean Friedman-Rudovsky, will also participate in the panel.

DATE AND TIME: Tue, June 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

LOCATION: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP now via Eventbrite

Event organizers: Frontline Dads, Inc. / Black Male Engagement (BMe) / TCRC