Organizers expanding Philadelphia Community Bail Fund

Philly activists raising money to bail poor defendants out of jail

For trying to play peacemaker, Jojuan Powell went to jail. Authorities didn’t believe her claim that she was trying to break up a fight outside her Mantua home last May. So after a teen emerged from the brawl with a broken arm, Powell, 28, found herself behind bars on felony assault charges – wondering how she’d ever afford the $2,501 bail a judge set as her price for freedom.

The possibility of using big data to alleviate Philadelphia’s overcrowded jails

Can a computer algorithm be trusted to help relieve Philly’s overcrowded jails?

Of the roughly 7 400 people sitting in Philadelphia s jails right now more than half of them aren t there because they ve been found guilty of a crime They ve been accused of one and are waiting for