Taking On Recidivism

AG Josh Shapiro is determined to make it easier for returning citizens to adjust to life after prison. Just don’t call him soft on crime.

By Larry Platt

Are Police Shootings The Only Violence Worth Protesting?

WURD's afternoon host wonders where the activists are to stand up to rising neighborhood violence

By Charles D. Ellison

Reality Check: SO NOW PHILLY HAS A VIOLENCE PROBLEM?

A WURD host notes the way media and politicians worry over violence—except when it’s in poor neighborhoods

By Charles D. Ellison

Guest Commentary: What comes after prison?

To kick off the city’s Reentry Awareness Month, the project editor of the media collaboration The Reentry Project explains why we a need a change to our system

By Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

Reality Check: UNEXPECTED DRAMA IN THE PHILLY DA RACE?

A WURD host also wonders: What’s with the $50 million wasted on new Philly PD headquarters?

By Charles D. Ellison

Dirty Harry Gets Emotional

When not calling perps “scumbags,” legendary cop Mike Chitwood calls for police to get in touch with their feelings. Is it our most needed reform?

By Larry Platt

We’re Number One!

Philly leads the nation in a dubious category: juvenile life without parole. Does it need to be this way?

By David A. Love

Just What Is A Sanctuary City?

Everything you always wanted to know about the debate no one knows anything about. A special report.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Where Young Black Lives Meet Blue

African American teenagers mingle with cops in a series of forums designed to humanize each to the other. It’s not the answer to all their problems—but it’s one step forward

By Quinn O'Callaghan

The Citizen Updates: Neighborhood Film Company

As their commercial business has exploded, they’ve taken time out for a short paean to the place Ricky Staub loves most in the world: North Philly

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy