This week: Reentry infographic, expungement clinic, We Rise Tour, and solutions journalism

This week:

• Infographic addresses reentry in Philadelphia
• Inside a Philly criminal record expungement clinic
• Van Jones’s “We Rise Tour” visits Philadelphia
• Infusing journalism with solutions

Read it now: The Reentry Project Weekly: August 4, 2017

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Pa. senate passes bill to seal some criminal records

Pa. Senate passes first-of-its-kind bill sealing some criminal records

In the fractured state of the commonwealth that is Pennsylvania, a first-of-its-kind bill that would seal criminal records for minor offenses passed unanimously in the Senate on Wednesday. “Unanimous,” crowed Community Legal Services employment attorney Sharon Dietrich, punctuating her email with three exclamation points. Dietrich has long advocated for this type of legislation.

Pa.’s Clean Slate bill was just unanimously passed by the state Senate – Generocity Philly

The state Senate voted unanimously yesterday in favor of a bill that would seal misdemeanor records after 10 years. The legislation would only apply to those who avoided other convictions for at least 10 years. It’s a big win for criminal justice reform advocates like Sharon Dietrich, litigation director of Community Legal Services.

Reentry Awareness Month in Philadelphia starts now and you are invited

Helping those who are reentering society from prison

The United States has more people with criminal backgrounds than the entire population of France. In Philadelphia, it’s estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 residents – approximately one in every six of us – has been intimately familiar with a jail cell. One in six.