Guest Commentary: Treat Kids in the Juvenile Justice System as … Kids

Two Philadelphia women incarcerated in their mid-teens ask for support for comprehensive juvenile justice reform bill that has lingered too long in Harrisburg

By Aqilah David and Alexandria Rivera

Is the Tide Turning on Larry Krasner?

The progressive prosecutor movement is losing momentum. Its poster boy may have to adjust to a new political zeitgeist

By Larry Platt

Sentences for the Sentenced

West Philly non-profit Books Through Bars has provided the incarcerated with books for more than 30 years. Now, with growing inaccessibility, its work is needed more than ever

By Norah Rami

A “Wake Up Call” on Guns

A District Attorney diversion program is offering a second chance to those with no prior convictions and whose only crime was having an unlicensed gun. It aims to work around a state law that treats Philadelphians more harshly than other Pennsylvanians

By Mensah M. Dean

The Citizen Recommends: Pardon Me

Shuja Moore’s short film about the benefits — to all of us — of pardons for returning citizens screens Monday in West Philly

By Rachel Wisniewski

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS: Robert Saleem Holbrook

The A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Social Justice Champion spent 27 years in prison before a Supreme Court ruling set him free. Now, he teaches about criminal justice at Penn and heads the Abolitionist Law Center

By Jessica Blatt Press

Why Is Tyree Wallace Still in Prison?

Despite high-profile efforts of advocates like sports reporter Michael Barkann, the Point Breeze native has spent 26 years imprisoned for a murder witnesses say he didn’t commit. That hasn’t stopped the citizen activist from serving others

By Christina Griffith

Guest Commentary: Reform in Name Only

A formerly incarcerated abolitionist and Penn law lecturer responds to a Citizen article and explains opposition to the bipartisan probation reform bill headed for a vote in the state legislature

By Robert Saleem Holbrook