New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and we’ve got details on plenty of ways to celebrate the dawn of a new decade in and around Philly. Although, as you’ll read below, there are experts out there who argue Jan. 1, 2020 technically isn’t the “true” start of the next decade. When we end, and begin, a decade is actually surprisingly debatable. We’ve also published the latest in our investigative series into the effects of probation and look back on some of the most “Philly” stories of the 2010s.
During a heated domestic dispute with her older son’s father, Raquel Scott slapped the man and neighbors called police. Even though the man called it overblown and refused to testify, Scott was not in the clear. Despite having prosecutors withdraw charges, her past conviction related to retail theft had placed her on probation. The charges related to the dispute were flagged as a possible parole violation, and triggered what’s called a “detainer,” or an order that would put her back into jail and keep her incarcerated until a judge decided to let her go.
Scott’s cycle of incarceration is one that thousands of Philadelphians can attest to. Those who are on parole or probation can end up being placed in indefinite detention, sometimes for longer than a year, without any allegation or convictions related to crimes they are accused of having committed while out of jail. In our next installment of our continuing look into the penal and probation system, we look at what detainers do, and how they can keep Philadelphians from trying to move on from past convictions.
Philly has plenty of events happening around the city that will suit your New Years’ style. If you’re looking for something low-key, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants to check out while enjoying a more relaxing environment; as a bonus, many of these are budget friendly. If you’re feeling more hyped about 2020, there are venues around the city that will let you dance the night away.
Finally, if you’re planning a get-together or hosting your own party, be aware of some of the shops that will be closed so they don’t ruin your plans.
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“Treatment of opioid addiction is not immune from racism within health care. A recent research letter described black patients as 77% less likely than white patients to receive buprenorphine prescriptions, after accounting for insurance status and other factors that impact access to treatment. Buprenorphine is an evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder proven to yield lasting recovery,” — Utsha Khatri, Shoshana Aronowitz, and Eugenia South on how the opioid crisis shows racism in health care is always harmful.