Class-action lawsuit calls policy “cruel and unconstitutional”

Suit: A federal jail in Philly is stopping kids from seeing their dads

When Allen Woods’ son turned 6 recently, Woods couldn’t wish him a happy birthday in person, give him a hug, or marvel at how tall he’d grown. He had to send a card in the mail.

Prison reform advocate wants to increase civic engagement among formerly incarcerated voters

Returning citizens need political representation and Bill Cobb has a plan to make it happen – Generocity Philly

Bill Cobb is rather jovial for someone who has had his livelihood compromised by the criminal justice system for two decades. But don’t be fooled by his chipper spirit: It’s taken time and energy for the prison reform advocate to get to this point, and he means business.

The Reentry Blueprint will feature lighting talks from returning citizens

This TED-style event will share reentry stories and push for solutions – Generocity Philly

Let’s talk reentry. Last week we shared The Reentry Project’s PowerUp Reentry event, an October hackathon (aka “digital solutions day”) for folks working in the reentry community, as well as journalists and technologists ( RSVP here). The collaborative just announced another cool event for the following month.

Successful compassionate-release petitions are exceedingly rare and excruciatingly slow

He stole a $1 lemonade, smoked pot – then nearly had to die in prison

Twenty-four hours a day for 10 weeks, inmates in maroon uniforms with “D.O.C.” stamped on the backs held a death vigil over Frank Rodriguez. His colon cancer was terminal, but he refused to die – not behind the barbed wire and bars of Graterford Prison.

An event hosted by Redemption Housing challenges participants to experience the reentry process

Think you have what it takes to navigate life as a returning citizen? – Generocity Philly

The next couple of months are filling up with events that will shed light on some local solutions for the issue of reentry, including a hackathon bringing together different communities and a TED Talk-style event where you’ll get to hear directly from those formerly incarcerated.

Story helps children express feelings about incarcerated loved ones

Book explores how kids cope with parents in prison

Nearly 3 million children in the U.S. have a parent in jail or prison. Local author Becky Birtha is hoping her new children’s book, “Far Apart, Close in Heart,” will help those kids express how they’re feeling – and teach their friends and classmates what it’s like to have a parent behind bars.