After nearly two decades in prison, Isaac Rivera was ready to remake himself. The 41-year-old from Lancaster served time after a 1997 arrest on assault and rape charges, but he felt that his violent past was behind him – if only he could find a way to jump-start his reinvention.
Wallace Peeples, better known as Wallo267 on social media, had been out of prison for all of 117 days when I met him, and already he had 50,000 followers on Instagram. A short item in the Times Herald reported back in 2014 that a Graterford prisoner was found with three cell phones, five chargers, five headsets, an iPod and a wireless hot spot.
Parents should be consistent, punishing kids immediately, predictably and fairly when they misbehave. The same logic, some believe, should guide our criminal justice system. The problem with the way probation and parole violations are addressed – according to Bret Bucklen, director of research at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections – is that authorities act like lousy parents.
For nearly 40 years, the Brinkley family has insisted that the wrong brother was sentenced to life in prison for murder – that it was 14-year-old Ronald who fatally shot egg-delivery man Charles Haag on Dec. 22, 1977, though 15-year-old Kevin was convicted.
People from both sides of the prison system discussed the challenges to reentry and recidivism. This event, hosted at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, was recorded and produced by The Reentry Project in partnership with WURD, the Philadelphia Media Network and WHYY on May 5.
Moderator – Solomon Jones, Morning Host at WURD Radio.
“I was arrested in Philadelphia at the age of 15. I was in jail quite a few years,” said Joe Ligon, who recently turned 80 in prison. He’s eligible for parole – but will he apply after decades in an institution?