Nearly one in three Philadelphia residents has a criminal record. Many of these people were never found guilty of a major wrongdoing, but often that doesn’t make a difference. Just having “a record” is enough to make you ineligible for employment, education, housing and public assistance.
On average, Kenneth Dupree of Dupree Funeral Home at 28th and Diamond streets sees one to two victims of gun violence a year. Bruce Talbert says Talbert Funeral Parlor at 22nd near Lehigh has received 10 so far. The services for the victims that both men preside over have all been young people, usually in their early 20s.
Animal control officer Steven Morales’ schedule changes constantly. From replying to complaints to responding to calls about stranded animals, he doesn’t have a typical day at Philly’s Animal Care & Control Team. Though it can get hectic at times, the work he does can be rewarding and something he wants to continue to do.
Anthony Hirschbuhl was first arrested when he was 16 for possession of marijuana. He then spent more than a decade in and out of correctional facilities for various parole violations. Now 28, Hirschbuhl is involved with the Goldring Reentry Initiative, a program within the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.
Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day will bring together coders, journalists and returning citizens together. Dawn McDougall is looking forward to the upcoming reentry hackathon. Not only is It an important topic but an opportunity, she said, for Philadelphians to look into the issue broadly and develop potential solutions for people returning from prison.
A tool to help predict whether someone who’s been arrested will reoffend does not factor in race. But it could consider convictions. So you’ve just been arrested. Welcome to Philadelphia’s criminal justice system.