‘Beyond the Walls’ summit focuses on healthcare during and after incarceration

Healthy inmates can help create a healthier community

After serving their time, today’s inmates will return to their homes and community. In essence, prison health becomes public health, said Hannah Zellman, program director with Philadelphia FIGHT, the nonprofit that hosted Wednesday’s “Beyond the Walls: Prison Healthcare and Reentry Summit.” The annual summit began as a tiny conference focused on the intersection of HIV/AIDS and incarceration.

Pa. senate passes bill to seal some criminal records

Pa. Senate passes first-of-its-kind bill sealing some criminal records

In the fractured state of the commonwealth that is Pennsylvania, a first-of-its-kind bill that would seal criminal records for minor offenses passed unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday. “Unanimous,” crowed Community Legal Services employment attorney Sharon Dietrich, punctuating her email with three exclamation points. Dietrich has long advocated for this type of legislation.

Pa.’s Clean Slate bill was just unanimously passed by the state Senate – Generocity Philly

The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill that would seal misdemeanor records after 10 years. The legislation would only apply to those who avoided other convictions for at least 10 years. It’s a big win for criminal justice reform advocates like Sharon Dietrich, litigation director of Community Legal Services.

The Politics of Pot — The Pushback, Episode 5

Pushback – Episode 5: The Politics of Pot, Part 2 by WURD Radio

George Soros tried, but failed to get Keir Bradford-Grey to run for District Attorney in Philadelphia earlier this year. It turns out she had unfinished business as the chief defender of the Philadelphia Defenders Association, the organization responsible for representing criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer.

George Soros tried, but failed to get Keir Bradford-Grey to run for District Attorney in Philadelphia earlier this year. It turns out she had unfinished business as the chief defender of the Philadelphia Defenders Association, the organization responsible for representing criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer. Now, Bradford-Grey — a self-described activist — has been monitoring and pushing against drug enforcement in the city of Philadelphia, while championing progressive policies like diversionary programs. Also on the podcast is an emotional and in-depth interview with Anthony Hirschbuhl, a black Philadelphian who was arrested at age 15 for possessing a nickel bag of marijuana, and who, as a result of his arrest, has only been able to get his life on track recently, more than a decade later.

Guests (in order of appearance):

Anthony Hirschbuhl, re-entry activist

Keir Bradford-Grey, chief defender of the Philadelphia Defenders Association

Pa. offers new plan for ‘swift and certain’ justice

Pennsylvania offers a new ‘smart on crime’ approach. But does it actually work?

Parents should be consistent, punishing kids immediately, predictably and fairly when they misbehave. The same logic, some believe, should guide our criminal justice system. The problem with the way probation and parole violations are addressed – according to Bret Bucklen, director of research at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections – is that authorities act like lousy parents.

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