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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

8 August 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia's PlayStreets program is a nearly 60-year-old program that began as a meal service during the summer "hungry season," when school lunches are not served, but has evolved into a summer camp on 300 city blo...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

27 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Across Philadelphia, people are turning to seeds to source their food instead of grocery stores and supply chains, which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia is home to the Cooperative Gardens Co...

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Samantha Melamed

18 November 2019

Pennsylvania, United States

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Following an ACLU-led civil-rights lawsuit, the Pennsylvania Department of Correction has implemented huge changes to the treatment of death row inmates. In prisons across the state, individuals who have been sentence...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

10 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A couple created a nonprofit in Philadelphia to make micro grants for those who need small amounts to pay off medical bills or legal fees so they can move on with their lives. The effort garnered modest donations, inc...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

8 November 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Crowdfunding initiatives in Philadelphia offer an alternative to the cash bail process that disproportionately affects African Americans in problematic ways. “Community bail fund activists” raised almost $60,000 for B...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

26 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia man imprisoned for 40 years for a crime he did not commit was finally freed when the prosecutor who helped put him behind bars realized he made a mistake and worked to get him out. The U.S. Supreme Cour...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In the Inside-Out Exchange program half of the students are college students, and the other half are prison inmates. The program has “expanded to about 150 correctional institutions across the globe” but the biggest t...

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Samantha Melamed

4 October 2017

Pennsylvania, United States

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Thirty years ago, Norway’s recidivism rate was more than 60 percent. Then the country put rehabilitation at the core of its corrections system, training prison guards to act more like social workers than punishers. Re...

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Samantha Melamed

27 September 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania has a compassionate release law for inmates who are terminally ill so they don't die in prison, but in practice it has become even more difficult for inmates and their families to take advantage of it. Th...

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Samantha Melamed

10 August 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Close supervision and support during parole lowers recidivism among medium- and high-risk offenders with substance-abuse issues in Philadelphia. However, the impact seems to fade after parolees graduate from the yearl...

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Samantha Melamed

6 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision allows those sentenced to life for crimes committed as juveniles to seek parole. These people make up more than half of lifers in Pennsylvania, which is considering numerous appeals,...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

United States

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In an effort to reduce prison populations, some U.S. cities are enacting reforms that emphasize short, swift, and certain punishments for minor violations. Despite the hype, such reforms may be no better than existing...

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Samantha Melamed

26 June 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To sentence a minor to life in prison without parole, prosecutors in Pennsylvania must now prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the minor is incapable of rehabilitation. The state supreme court ruling is meant to reco...

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Samantha Melamed

10 May 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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How does an organization go about reducing incarceration rates, and eliminate racial bias? Hiring the people affected by the prison system: former inmates. That’s the strategy that ACLU is taking in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Samantha Melamed

12 April 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country, but with a $3.5 million McArthur Foundation grant the city has used several initiatives to change that. The efforts appear to be working, with th...

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Samantha Melamed

14 February 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, “500 men and about 10 women juvenile lifers who have been locked away for decades” will be released due to a recent Supreme Court decision that said it was unconstitutional for judges to strike autom...

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