Criminal justice reform advocates push for community-driven approach of participatory defense

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia’s Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform held a hearing Monday night on an innovative approach to reform that makes the community part of the justice system. Participatory defense is a pilot initiative that includes intervention by the Defender Association of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, courts, and the community. The program pairs individuals…

Press Release: Hearing on Participatory Defense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information, contact: Mandy Nace, 267-765-6319/215-806-0775 Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform Highlights the Importance of Participatory Defense PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 10, 2018) Philadelphia’s Special Committee for Criminal Justice Reform co-chair Keir Bradford-Grey, along with fellow co-chairs Councilman Curtis Jones and retired Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, convened a hearing on participatory…

Press Release: Risk Assessment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information, contact: Mandy Nace, 267-765-6319/215-806-0775 Sentencing Commission’s Proposed Risk Assessment Algorithm Will Increase Mass Incarceration HARRISBURG (Dec. 6, 2018) The Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission’s risk assessment tool will put more Pennsylvanians behind bars by relying on racially-biased data and punishing people based on what they might do rather than what they…

Press Release: Project SUCCESS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information, contact: Mandy Nace, 267-765-6319 Project SUCCESS will provide educational advocacy for youth in the criminal justice system PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 8, 2018) The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has awarded the Defender Association a $150,000 Justice Assistance Grant to launch Project SUCCESS (Strengthening and Understanding Court-Involved Children’s Education…

Press Release: Statement on Changes to 528

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For further information, contact: Mandy Nace, 267-765-6319 Defender Association Chief Comments on Philadelphia Courts’ Changes to Bail Retention Fees PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 11, 2018) Defender Association Chief Keir Bradford-Grey issued the following comments on the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania’s Order No. 2 of 2018 amending Philadelphia Criminal Rule *528 to provide a…