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.

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?

Nearly 2,000 people sign up for criminal record expungement event

A day to expunge criminal records is hugely popular in Philly

Meghan Claiborne and John Coyle never imagined that the little volunteer project they decided to shepherd on behalf of the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association would mushroom into Saturday’s mega-event. – Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer

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

PA House votes on allowing those convicted of drug distribution to receive public benefits

Insider: the Practical Case for Helping Ex-Cons – Philadelphia Magazine

Monday, the House could vote to ban some drug felons from public benefits for life. You should care. Here’s why. (Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) If you’ve never been to prison, it can be easy to dismiss the plight of those who have.