Philly.com: Philly leaders want to end cash bail. Can they agree on how?

The Defender Association has a plan to re-imagine Philadelphia’s pretrial system that prioritizes community involvement over cash bail – without using a risk assessment. Read the full story on Philly.com.  Philadelphia’s chief public defender, Keir Bradford-Grey, has pitched the FJD, the District Attorney and City Council on an entirely different proposal: a way to eliminate…

Youth Participatory Defense

Nation’s first youth participatory defense hub opens this week in Philadelphia

For further information, contact: Josh Glenn, YASP – 267-407-8135 Mandy Nace, Defender Association – 267-765-6319 PHILADELPHIA (April 1, 2019) The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP), an advocacy group that supports children charged as adults in the city’s criminal justice system, today announced the launch of the nation’s first participatory defense hub specifically for children…

Defender Association teams up with South Philly Hub and Unity in the Community on expungement clinic

The Defender Association teamed up with the South Philly Participatory Defense Hub and Unity in the Community to host a unique neighborhood expungement clinic at Classics Hub Barbershop in South Philadelphia. Defender attorneys helped individuals to file expungements – the first step toward a clean record and a fresh start. The first attendee at the…

Shift Fund and the Defender Association of Philadelphia team up to help 72 people get a clean record and a fresh start

In coordination with the Defender Association and the Philadelphia Courts, the Shift Fund paid outstanding court fees ranging from $10 to $150 for Philadelphia-area individuals enrolled in the Accelerated Misdemeanor Program (AMP1), allowing them to complete the program and have their arrest records expunged. In many cases, a closed case and expunged record allows people…