In 2 years, Philadelphia reduced its prison population by 18 percent

Philly slashed its jail population by almost 20 percent in just 2 years

And city officials are only partway toward their goal. On an average day, there are about 1,500 fewer inmates in the Philadelphia prison system than there were just two years ago. Philadelphia still has the highest incarceration rate per capita of the top 10 largest American cities.

Program helps people returning from prison find life-changing carpentry jobs

Furnishing A Future With Woodworker Steven Greenberg

It took Steven Greenberg four decades-from high school shop class through a long business career as an executive trainer-to follow his calling as a woodworker, designing and crafting bespoke furniture. But it wasn’t until last August that he found his true passion: Passing on that love of woodworking to Philadelphians looking for a way into the workforce.

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State to continue virtual visitation program for families

Like Skype for prisons: How tech is used in PA for virtual inmate visitation

The state Department of Corrections is poised to roll out a new program for all 26 of its locations statewide. Myra Gaskins’ life changed in 1989. Her son, LaFaye Gaskins, had been arrested for murder. Myra still insists her son is innocent, but a jury found him guilty in May 1990 of killing Albert Dodson, a drug dealer.