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Michaela Winberg

8 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a collaboration between three nonprofits is providing 500 free lunches, both filling a gap in nonprofit service on Friday afternoons and giving those recently entered into recovery for addiction a tas...

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Peak Johnson

14 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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'New Leash on Life' involves inmates caring for shelter dogs to make them more adoptable, helping both the inmates and the dogs. The program helps with various animal problems across the city and can be an employer fo...

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Anna Orso

11 September 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A candidate for district attorney in Philadelphia is pushing to do away with cash bail entirely as other places have done, including Washington D.C., and New Jersey. Both of those places have seen their jail populatio...

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Anna Orso

12 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Reducing inmate populations doesn’t necessarily cut costs. The funding equation is far more complex. Complying with employee pension laws, offering more services to inmates, and other growing costs can replace any sav...

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Peak Johnson

2 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The mural at Eighth and Callowhill in Philadelphia was created by two formerly incarcerated artists. The work is part of a larger exhibition that brings attention to U.S. criminal justice reform through the artwork of...

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Peak Johnson

11 May 2017

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Many previously incarcerated people struggle to both rehabilitate and gain the necessary skills for a successful post-prison life. This article looks at Hope Hall, a halfway house using a comprehensive approach meant ...

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Cassie Owens

21 August 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A group in Philadelphia teaches firearm safety and stress management to Black citizens in an effort to avoid tragic outcomes from police interactions or disputes in the community. Black Guns Matter is tapping into anx...

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