A $10K grant pairs female inmates with shelter dogs for training program

Female inmates help train shelter dogs with $10K grant

It may have been her pronounced underbite that kept Sparky from getting adopted. But now, the mixed-breed rescue is about to become a service dog. New Leash on Life, which pairs adoptable shelter dogs with prison inmates, just received a $10,000 grant earmarked for female prisoners from The Transition Network, a group of professional women, through its fund at The Philadelphia Foundation, the group announced.

A decade into serving a life sentence, man freed after wrongful conviction

Free after 10 years in prison, former lifer still feels trapped

The story’s end is usually upbeat: A lifer proves he was wrongly convicted and savors freedom. Edward E. Stewart, 36, knows that story. He lived it. He served 10 years of a life term before he was acquitted at a new trial of a 2006 murder in a speakeasy he ran out of the basement of his Fern Rock house.

Lawsuit accuses SEPTA of violating federal employment laws

Rejected bus driver sues SEPTA over background checks

A school bus driver turned away from a job as a SEPTA bus operator because of a drug conviction dating back nearly 20 years filed a federal lawsuit against the transit agency Wednesday. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer

U.S. Commerce Department to pay $15M for Census Bureau background-check practices

Landmark $15M settlement in Census Bureau background-check lawsuit

Evelyn Houser, a North Philadelphia grandmother, didn’t live to see the end of what she started six years ago. Houser, who died in September, was a lead plaintiff in the landmark $15 million settlement of a class-action suit this week that may help hundreds of thousands of people with criminal records get jobs.

Educational options benefit youth with criminal justice system contact

For students with juvenile justice involvement, better options lead to more diplomas

One reason for the increase in graduation rates among students with juvenile justice involvement is the availability of more options to get these students back on a path to securing their diplomas. About 10 years ago, initiatives regarding re-engagement of at-risk youth became a top priority for Philadelphia – and for good reason.