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Samantha Melamed

10 August 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Close supervision and support during parole lowers recidivism among medium- and high-risk offenders with substance-abuse issues in Philadelphia. However, the impact seems to fade after parolees graduate from the yearl...

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Kristen E. Holmes

23 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Supreme Court ruled about 2,500 life sentences handed down to juveniles were unconstitutional and resentencing hearings are taking place to decide if these men and women will receive parole. In Philadelphia, a gra...

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Kristen E. Holmes

7 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A church in Philadelphia is adept at ministering to those coming out of incarceration and drug use because its two pastors come from that very same world. They hold members accountable, which could mean a required sti...

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Samantha Melamed

6 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision allows those sentenced to life for crimes committed as juveniles to seek parole. These people make up more than half of lifers in Pennsylvania, which is considering numerous appeals,...

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Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

United States

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In an effort to reduce prison populations, some U.S. cities are enacting reforms that emphasize short, swift, and certain punishments for minor violations. Despite the hype, such reforms may be no better than existing...

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Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To sentence a minor to life in prison without parole, prosecutors in Pennsylvania must now prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the minor is incapable of rehabilitation. The state supreme court ruling is meant to reco...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

21 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, the city enrolled out a program that offered companies a $10,000 tax credit. The catch? Hire former prisoners who have crime records. To the surprise of the city, the program tanked. Now, the city cre...

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Samantha Melamed

10 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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How does an organization go about reducing incarceration rates, and eliminate racial bias? Hiring the people affected by the prison system: former inmates. That’s the strategy that ACLU is taking in Philadelphia.

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Jane M. Von Bergen

20 April 2017

Yonkers, New York, United States

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In Yonkers, Pennsylvania, Greyston Bakery's open hiring process gives a chance to those who might not have been hired otherwise. The company doesn't conduct background checks, look at resumes, require a skills test, o...

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Samantha Melamed

12 April 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, but with a $3.5 million McArthur Foundation grant the city has used several initiatives to change that. The efforts appear to be working, with th...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

22 March 2017

United States

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Ban-the-box legislation can help people with criminal records receive fair consideration as job applicants. However, the employment prospects of other applicants, particularly African American women and young workers,...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

20 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A former drug dealer who made massive amounts of cash finds his skills adapt well to the job he found after prison in a supermarket. Luckily the manager at this particular store recognized that fact and gave Louis Riv...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

7 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Most employers might not hire former inmates, but one grocery store in Philadelphia is looking to do just that. Brown Store’s Inc. has made it a company mission to hire people out of prison. Employment is an important...

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Samantha Melamed

14 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, “500 men and about 10 women juvenile lifers who have been locked away for decades” will be released due to a recent Supreme Court decision that said it was unconstitutional for judges to strike autom...

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Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

8 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For women in traditional rehab centres, choosing treatment means leaving their children behind. Family House NOW (New Options for Women), is a residential treatment center in Philadelphia that allows women to live wit...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

15 January 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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There is a growing consensus across political beliefs that there needs to be reductions in the number of people in prison because the monetary and societal cost is too great. This article explores the numerous initiat...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

20 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia enacted a law in 2016 that allows for people convicted of minor crimes to get their records sealed by a court. In this article an employment lawyer who has worked for many years with people who have recor...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

19 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A law in Philadelphia allows people with certain misdemeanor convictions to ask a court to seal their records. This means job seekers could honestly tell prospective employers they have no criminal record and schools ...

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Jane M. Von Bergen

11 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, people with certain types of misdemeanors can ask the courts to seal their records from public view. When this law was passed, a team of 175 lawyers, paralegals, and law students volunteered to help e...

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Kristen A. Graham

1 April 2011

Boynton Beach, Florida, United States

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school ca...

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Kristen A. Graham

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Dylan Purcell

1 April 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Often social programs at schools fail because they are not implemented fully or over a long enough period. One school in Philadelphia attributes their success in decreasing violence to having a long-term principal, a ...

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