Defender Association Receives $250K for Technology Upgrades

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 13, 2020   CONTACT: George Jackson  |  267.765.6768  |  gjackson@philadefender.org The funds will be used to fund technology upgrades to support indigent defense. PHILADELPHIA—State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) joined Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey to announce the Defender Association of Philadelphia was the recipient of a $250,000 grant award. The funding comes from the…

Chief Defender on PJI Reversal on Risk Assessment Tools

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2020 CONTACT: George Jackson  |  267.765.6768  |  gjackson@philadefender.org PHILADELPHIA–“The Defender Association of Philadelphia would like to applaud the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) for the public and courageous reversal of their previous position on pre-trial risk assessment tools. As they noted in their latest position paper, these tools ‘can no…

Defender Association Receives $25k for Participatory Defense Hubs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 10, 2020   CONTACT: George Jackson  |  267.765.6768  |  gjackson@philadefender.org PHILADELPHIA–The Defender Association of Philadelphia has been awarded a $25,000 from the R.K. Mellon Family Foundation to support the work of Philadelphia’s Participatory Defense Hubs. The award follows a $100,000 Key to Community grant from the Malinda R. Farrow Fund of the…

Keir Bradford-Grey on Selection of New Police Chief

PHILADELPHIA–“The Defender Association of Philadelphia congratulates and welcomes Philadelphia’s new Police Commissioner, Danielle Outlaw.   “As Philadelphia’s Public Defender, our work has been a driving force behind renewed calls for more effective policing, particularly as it relates to law enforcement practices in the city’s black and brown neighborhoods. Mayor Kenney’s selection of the city’s first…

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…

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…