For some New Jersey residents unable to pay bail, change in policy could grant freedom

N.J. will eliminate cash bail, speed up criminal trials in 2017

On June 2, 2015, police equipped with a search warrant knocked on the door of Jeannette Santiago’s Camden home. Santiago said the target of the warrant was a friend who had been selling drugs out of her house, but that officials went after her too because the deed to the house was in her name.


Davon Clark talks about his media company geared for children

Instructor/activist Davon Clark discusses the philosophy behind his nonprofit ADC Kid and how his poetry classes in the region’s juvenile detention centers are providing the tool of creative expression to incarcerated youth.

More info: adckid.com

RISE aims to make sure ex-offenders don’t return to Philadelphia jails

Philly’s new reentry czar has a bold plan to end recidivism. Can she get it done?

Time, distance and walls can’t stop love from reaching those in prison

They married men in prison for life. Now, a change in the law could bring their husbands home.

Mural Arts Program curates public art installation about criminal justice reform

Philly’s Mural Arts reaches out to prisoners as it shapes installation on criminal justice

Next summer, Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program will create a public art installation about criminal justice reform called “Voices.” Until then, it will foster discussions and workshops focused on solutions to the problems of mass incaceration. The first workshop took place Wednesday afternoon at Graterford prison, a maximum security state correctional institute in Montgomery County.

Community Legal Services’ Sharon Dietrich assists those with criminal records with expungement

Legal advocate helps workers under shadow of criminal records

When it comes to how poor people are treated at work, Sharon Dietrich gets mad. “I’m mad on a daily basis,” said Dietrich, 55, litigation director and managing attorney of the employment law practice at Community Legal Services. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer