Sitting at her kitchen table in Chester, in her moments of deepest despair, Dayna Chandler, 33, began this calculation: Maybe her three children would be better off if she were dead. A former bank teller, she had a criminal conviction for theft, had been in prison and hadn't been able to keep a...
Sitting at her kitchen table in Chester, in her moments of deepest despair, Dayna Chandler, 33, began this calculation: Maybe her three children would be better off if she were dead. A former bank teller, she had a criminal conviction for theft, had been in prison and hadn't been able to keep a job for four years, not with that record, even though it was only a misdemeanor. Then she got a cashier's job and everything changed. - for her, and the supermarket company that hired her.
"You never drove a car. You never fell in love with somebody. You never had any of the things that all of us take for granted. And I want you to know I am responsible for that - because I told the jury what they should do, and they did it."
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange, which started with Temple University classes held in a Philadelphia county jail, has endured for two decades, expanded to about 150 correctional institutions and taught a total of 30,000 "inside" and "outside" students.
For about eight years, Philadelphia's probation and parole department has used a computer algorithm to rate the riskiness of nearly every offender it oversees. But officials there won't say what factors the tool weighs, raising questions about transparency. The city plans to create a similar risk assessment tool for use in bail decisions.
An intensive program for ex-convicts in Lancaster that is stirring statewide conversation and prompting criminal justice advocates and county officials across the state to note the program's impressive results.
These are the first of 517 juvenile lifers in Pennsylvania, the largest such contingent in the nation, to be resentenced and released on parole since the Supreme Court decided that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for minors are unconstitutional.
In Philadelphia, an estimated one in six people have been incarcerated. After serving time, people then face the process of reentry: becoming a part of the society they had been isolated from for months, years, or decades. Prisoners typically get little, if any, preparation for this transition or for life on the outside. The only centralized system that directs formerly incarcerated people to resources that aid in building successful lives is probation and parole, departments whose primary duty is monitoring and controlling behavior. Detention facilities in the U.S. have become a revolving door: more likely than not, those let out end up back inside.