A flag flies outside Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama in 2019.

As U.S. life expectancy falls, experts cite the health impacts of incarceration

BY: - April 28, 2023

At least 6,182 people died in state and federal prisons in 2020, a 46% jump from the previous year.


Spring Brings New Life: Let’s pass compassionate release for our incarcerated neighbors | Opinion

BY: - May 2, 2022

Everyone deserves a second chance. This is our chance to give it to them. Let's pass bills sponsored by Sen. Sharif Street, D-Philadelphia.

Pa. Supreme court case challenges parole ban for felony-murder convictions

BY: - April 18, 2022

Lawyers for the appellants, who were teens when they were convicted and spent decades behind bars, call it a 'first-of-its-kind' case.

Bipartisan bill aims to allow Pa. lifers a chance at parole

BY: - November 15, 2021

'We are stronger communities with our elders and grandparents home,' an advocate argued.


Life without parole has turned Pa.’s prisons into hospices for the hopeless | Opinion

BY: - August 19, 2021

People are aging and dying in prison, withering away to nothing with no chance of ever returning to the free world


Gov. Wolf can — and must — save the lives of our incarcerated loved ones | Opinion

BY: - February 21, 2021

During a pandemic, prisons are deadly. The nature of confinement makes it almost impossible for people to practice social distancing


‘No one can ever tell me we don’t exist’: Dual victims caught in the cracks of Pa.’s criminal justice system deserve recognition | John L. Micek

BY: - October 23, 2019

Don’t try to tell Lorraine Haw that she’s not a crime victim. In fact, she says, she’s been victimized twice. Her brother was killed by gunfire. And her only son, Phillip, is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole. She’s lived decades without him — feeling the pain of not having him […]