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…

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…