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
People from both sides of the prison system discussed the challenges to reentry and recidivism. This event, hosted at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, was recorded and produced by The Reentry Project in partnership with WURD, the Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY on May 5.
Moderator – Solomon Jones, Morning Host at WURD Radio.
Above: Audience gathers for our first community event.
The Reentry Project and partnering news organizations hosted a community event Monday evening at the African American Museum in Philadelphia called “If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism.”
In the photographs:
Sara Lomax-Reese, president and CEO of WURD Radio welcomed the audience.
The crowd packed the auditorium and overflowed slightly into the corridor.
From left, host Solomon Jones of WURD moderated a panel including:
• Valerie Todd-Listman – Mothers In Charge, Group Facilitator in the Philadelphia Prisons
• Zane Memeger – Former United States attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
• Leon King II – Former Philadelphia Prisons Commissioner
• Reuben Jones – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Frontline Dads
• Emma Restrepo – Freelance journalist and host at El Zol radio
Returning citizen Lindsey Massarelli of Philadelphia participates in a “Story Booth” which was staffed by WHYY and PhillyCam, as well as The Reentry Project.
This event was organized by WURD Radio, the Philadelphia Media Network, WHYY Newsworks and The Reentry Project.
Generocity Philly reported on the event. Read the story: Here are the 3 steps everyone agrees we need to take to tackle recidivism
Photos: Prison reform advocate Ismael Nazario shared his experience Saturday at The Reentry Project Story Booth.
Staffers from The Reentry Project, WHYY Newsworks and PhillyCAM recorded the testimony of participants who volunteered to share their journeys through reentry Saturday during a symposium in West Philadelphia.
And we did it again Monday evening at our first community event:
If These Walls Could Talk: Solving Reentry and Recidivism
Stay tuned to this site to learn about future events and story booths. We will share those stories on this site when the recordings are produced.
About Ismael Nazario:
You can learn more about Ismael Nazario by watching his talk at TEDxNewYork: What I learned as a kid in jail
As a teenager, Ismael Nazario was sent to New York’s Rikers Island jail, where he spent 300 days in solitary confinement — all before he was ever convicted of a crime. Now as a prison reform advocate he works to change the culture of American jails and prisons, where young people are frequently subjected to violence beyond imagination. Nazario tells his chilling story and suggests ways to help, rather than harm, teens in jail.