When Romeeka Williams was charged with driving under the influence about a year and a half ago, the steep bail — $50,000 – was far beyond her means. So, the North Philadelphia mother of two spent three weeks in jail, and her children, ages 1 and 3 at the time, were left with her grandmother.
Hope Hall treats, houses and even employs ex-offenders. Eric Echevarria admits that he made some silly mistakes when he was young. He grew up in Camden, where he hung out with the wrong crowd. The drug dealers, he said, controlled everything and were idolized.
It’s simple: Arrest fewer people. Focus on reentry. Replicate what works. Now who has the political will?
Retrofitted school buses provide resources, empathy in the Bay Area.
As the Pennsylvania Prison Society’s new executive director, Claire Shubik-Richards will take the podium at Wednesday’s celebration of the society’s 230 th birthday at the Eastern State Penitentiary. On Tuesday, she spent the day preparing her remarks.
Learn to advocate for criminal justice reform at this weekend’s Breaking Down Walls conference – Generocity Philly
The conference, happening this Saturday, May 6, is for those who want to learn, build community, find resources for people who were previously incarcerated and their family members, and find ways to advocate for ongoing reform. This is no longer a partisan issue – it is one that impacts all of us and of which we are all a part.