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Malcolm Jenkins' Criminal Justice Season

This week, the Eagles’ All-Pro safety profiles Frontline Dads, which is fighting to make Philadelphia safer and more just

As we close in on the holidays, I am reminded of my family and how much they mean to me. I reflect on past Christmas memories and how much my father and mother have meant to me, how much they molded, influenced, and prepared me for all that I am today. I feel blessed. 

Unfortunately, there are currently 2.7 million children in the United States with a parent in prison. Statistics show that those children have twice the risk for developing dysfunctional problems, like depression, drug use, or criminal activity.  

During our Listen & Learn tour in September we met with inspiring individuals who have created organizations to help youth and their families, and I want to introduce you to two of them over the next two weeks.

Frontline Dads, Inc. is a mentoring program for children ages 12 to 17 who come from challenged backgrounds and aspire to greatness. Frontline Dads provides leadership development training, cultural/educational programs and prevention/intervention services for youth and their families throughout Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.

Committed to rebuilding communities, Founder and Executive Director Reuben Jones has been a force in Philadelphia, whether by helping formerly incarcerated individuals receive parenting workshops, gain employment upon their re-entry, or break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration through his innovative curriculum. He has seen results, and is on a mission to bring solutions to youth who have been disenfranchised from educational and economic advancement due to lack of opportunity. 

Frontline Dads’ program is comprehensive, and it  includes academic tutoring, life skills (critical thinking, goal setting, conflict resolution), counseling, college tours and one-on-one mentoring, among other offerings. By being given direct support, these young people are empowered to make educated decisions about their lives; many chose to pursue an education regardless of their circumstances or surroundings. 

Through Jones’ mentoring program, Frontline Dads has served 5,000 youth and families in some of Philly’s highest-risk neighborhoods and have seen reduced juvenile recidivism, school truancy, dropout and school suspension rates. Frontline Dads has helped increase school attendance, improve grades and increase social and cultural awareness. Many of those who have gone through the program report experiencing improved self-esteem. 

Formerly incarcerated himself, Reuben served 15 years in prison for a robbery and was released in 2002. Since then, he obtained his Master’s Degree from Lincoln University and received his certification as a clinical therapist.  He is a shining example of someone who not only turned his life around, but has dedicated himself to helping others make better choices.  If you would like to learn more and lend support to Frontline Dads this holiday season, you can make a donation here.

You can also become a mentor:

As we wind down the Eagles regular season and approach the year’s end, I’ll introduce you to another great Philadelphia organization that’s making our city better next week. And then, prior to our opening playoff game, I’ll shed some insight regarding my future plans—besides winning the Super Bowl!—including some Philadelphia-area initiatives I hope you will continue to learn about and support. 

Meanwhile, on Christmas Day, we take on Oakland both on and off the field.

Philadelphia

Eagles

vs

Oakland

Raiders

Homicides per 1,000 residents

0.18

Eagles

Homicides per 1,000 residents

0.21

Violent crime per 1,000 residents

10.3

Eagles

Violent crime per 1,000 residents

14.52

Marijuana decriminalization

Yes

Tie

Marijuana decriminalization

Yes

Police involved shootings

23

Raiders

Police involved shootings

0

People in jail per 100,000 residents

448

Eagles

People in jail per 100,000 residents

679

% police of color /
% population of color

43.2/55

Eagles

% police of color /
% population of color

57.1/73.2

People incarcerated pre-trial per 100,000 residents

134

Eagles

People incarcerated pre-trial per 100,000 residents

233

# juveniles sentenced to life without parole

307

Raiders

# juveniles sentenced to life without parole

7

Upcoming Games:

 

Jan. 13 4:35 PM Atlanta

For more information on this data, see the Criminal Justice Season Explained page.

Note: Jail population figures are by county. Philadelphia county has the same borders as the city. Oakland figures include the city and other parts of Alameda County. Also, in California some nonviolent state inmates are held in county jails after conviction. Philly pre-trial incarceration rate from 2017; Oakland from 2015.

Also, Oakland in 2016 had its first year in two decades with no police shootings.

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