Lawsuit awards $15M to 400,000 African Americans and Latinos for U.S. Census Bureau discrimination

Judge approves settlement in landmark criminal records case

A federal court in New York approved a $15 million settlement in a case involving 400,000 African Americans and Latinos who were unable to get jobs as census takers for the 2010 census due to alleged problems with the U.S. Census Bureau’s procedures involving background checks.

After 37 years in solitary confinement, inmate moved into general population

37 years in solitary confinement is enough for inmate from Philly, judge rules

HARRISBURG – In a case that trained a spotlight on the state’s corrections practices, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that a convicted murderer from Philadelphia who has spent nearly 37 years in solitary confinement must be transitioned into the prison’s general population.

Some suggest recidivism algorithm needs to be racist to be accurate

That recidivism technology Philadelphia is getting might not account for racist policing – Generocity Philly

Delaware passes legislation allowing more ex-offenders right to vote

Ex-offenders head to polls during Delaware primaries

When Haneef Salaam walked out from behind the blue curtain of the polling booth at Crestview Apartments in Wilmington Tuesday morning poll workers cheered and congratulated him. For years he couldn’t vote because he owed more than $100 in judicial fees related to drug charges, for which he served time between 1999 and 2004.

Laura Cassidy wins award for prison sustainability programs

The Dilworth Awards: City honors three of its best and brightest

Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan, who headed police response to the papal visit and the Democratic National Convention, was honored Tuesday for his 33 years in the Philadelphia Police Department. Sullivan was one of three recipients of the Richardson Dilworth Awards, which recognize full-time, executive-branch employees.

Prisoners, a retired judge and a private investigator all believe James Kelly is innocent of murder

The prisoner whose story led fellow inmates to raise funds for his defense

As a retired judge, Lawrence Wood thought he’d seen all the angles, every lie a desperate man could cook up to save himself. Then a letter arrived at Wood’s West Chester office, about eight years ago, from a prisoner who’d passed the hat among inmates to help raise money to save his cellmate.