States Remove SNAP, TANF Penalties that Undermined the Formerly Incarcerated

Posted at JUN 12, 2017 By Victoria Palacio For people with felony convictions, even those who haven’t been to prison, it’s challenging to find employment to support themselves and their families. This problem is compounded by collateral consequences, such as losing … Continued

Good News! Clean Slate Bill Begins to Move

Under Pennsylvania’s “Clean Slate” bill, records of minor, non-violent misdemeanor convictions will automatically be sealed from public viewing after 10 conviction-free years. Photo from Steven Gottlieb via The Atlantic. By Andy Hoover, Communications Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania This … Continued

Lewisburg: Where Crossword Puzzles Count as Counseling

Posted at A new lawsuit alleges poor care for mentally ill inmates at one of the highest security prisons in the country. By CHRISTIE THOMPSON A new lawsuit alleges mental health care at one of the highest security — and most violent … Continued

LIPW Summer Film Series, Fourth Fridays, 7:30pm–Lancaster

From Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness ( Lancaster Interchurch Peace Witness has scheduled the following free Films at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Parish Hall, 321 West Chestnut St., Lancaster. Friday, June 23, 7:30 pm, “FROM THE ASHES” 2017 film that … Continued

Analysis: Trend Toward Decarceration

From the Sentencing Project ( The Sentencing Project has released a new analysis that reveals a growing trend toward decarceration across jurisdictions. While 38 states and the federal government have at least modestly reduced their prison populations in recent years, … Continued

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