October 24, 2013– Mayor Michael A. Nutter asked Councilman W. Wilson Goode, Jr. to introduce on behalf of the Administration an ordinance amending The Philadelphia Code by replacing the term “ex-offender” with the term “returning citizen”. Mayor Nutter also signed an Executive Order re-naming the Office of Re-integration Services for Ex-Offenders (R.I.S.E.) to simply, the Office of Re-integration Services (R.I.S.E.) in order to comply with the ordinance.(Full article….)
Want proof that the goals of business and the needs of the most vulnerable can align? Meet Jeff Brown, fourth-generation grocer and owner of the 10-store ShopRite regional chain based in Philadelphia. By mixing old-fashioned customer service with innovative new approaches, Brown is chipping away at the nation’s jobs challenge, starting in the communities hardest-hit by the financial crisis. (Full article….)
HARRISBURG – At 6-foot-3, with the broad build of the collegiate offensive lineman he once was, John Wetzel rarely slips into a room unnoticed.
But a few weeks ago, Wetzel, now in his third year as Pennsylvania’s secretary of corrections, made an unannounced stop at a halfway house near the Capitol and went unrecognized by the facility’s director. (Full article….)
Philadelphia Schools Closing While A New $400 Million Prison Is Under Construction: Could It Be Worse Than It Sounds?
Is there a a way to justify closing 23 Philadelphia public schools and laying off potentially thousands of teachers in order to build a new $400 million prison complex for Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections (DOC)? (Full article….)
State Reforms Reducing Collateral Consequences for People with Criminal Records: 2011-2012 Legislative Round-Up1
Over the past forty years the prison population in the United States has skyrocketed 600% and the number of Americans with felony convictions has grown to 19.8 million adults or 8.6% of the adult population.2 According to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), an estimated 65 million Americans have a criminal record.3 Although it might be reasonable to assume that individuals who have completed their sentences are free from conviction-related constraints,4 according to Attorney General Eric Holder, the American Bar Association (ABA) has identified over 38,000 penalties, called collateral consequences that can impact people long after they complete their criminal sentence.5 (Full article: StateCollateralConsequencesLegislativeRoundupSept2012)
HARRISBURG – Gov. Corbett signed into law Thursday sweeping prison-reform legislation aimed at reducing recidivism and lowering the skyrocketing cost of housing the state’s inmates. (Full article….)
The number of juveniles jailed across New Jersey in the last eight years declined significantly, saving the state millions of dollars, according to a report released Wednesday by a nonprofit children’s public policy and advocacy group. (Full article….)
In many neighborhoods, hard truths about day-to-day life — like violent streets or crumbling schools — are readily apparent to residents, but less obvious to city and state officials. (Full article….)