A decade into serving a life sentence, man freed after wrongful conviction

Free after 10 years in prison, former lifer still feels trapped

The story’s end is usually upbeat: A lifer proves he was wrongly convicted and savors freedom. Edward E. Stewart, 36, knows that story. He lived it. He served 10 years of a life term before he was acquitted at a new trial of a 2006 murder in a speakeasy he ran out of the basement of his Fern Rock house.

Lawsuit accuses SEPTA of violating federal employment laws

Rejected bus driver sues SEPTA over background checks

A school bus driver turned away from a job as a SEPTA bus operator because of a drug conviction dating back nearly 20 years filed a federal lawsuit against the transit agency Wednesday. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer

U.S. Commerce Department to pay $15M for Census Bureau background-check practices

Landmark $15M settlement in Census Bureau background-check lawsuit

Evelyn Houser, a North Philadelphia grandmother, didn’t live to see the end of what she started six years ago. Houser, who died in September, was a lead plaintiff in the landmark $15 million settlement of a class-action suit this week that may help hundreds of thousands of people with criminal records get jobs.

Educational options benefit youth with criminal justice system contact

For students with juvenile justice involvement, better options lead to more diplomas

One reason for the increase in graduation rates among students with juvenile justice involvement is the availability of more options to get these students back on a path to securing their diplomas. About 10 years ago, initiatives regarding re-engagement of at-risk youth became a top priority for Philadelphia – and for good reason.

Gravity can’t hold local filmmakers or released offenders down

How these local filmmakers are exposing the root of recidivism – Generocity Philly

(Screenshot) If we want to reconcile the socioeconomic consequences of mass incarceration, we can’t ignore the cyclical nature of the environments we’re sending formerly incarcerated individuals back into. Those environments – produced by generations of marginalization – harness a nearly inescapable gravitational pull that victimize the people who live within them.