More than 1,300 young people from Philadelphia are confined youth placements, at a cost of $119,000 per child annually to the city and an additional $30 million annually to the school district. Young people spoke about physical and verbal abuse; schools without books, teachers or grades; and solitary confinement practices in violation of state law.
More than 600 people are currently in segregation in Philadelphia jails. That's more than 11 percent of the current jail population. Many of them are sentenced for 15, 30 or even 60 days. The U.N. calls stays of 15 days or longer inhumane. By comparison, the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2015 reported that nationwide just 2.7 percent of jail inmates were in solitary at any given time, based on 2011-2012 data. It found just 5 percent of all jail inmates had spent 30 days or longer in isolatio
Though Athena Remlinger pleaded with correctional, and then medical, officials to let her carry her baby to term, they took her to Hershey Medical Center, shackled her to a rocking chair and gave her Pitocin, a drug that induces labor, she said in a federal lawsuit.
Cara Corrigan, 21, a theater student from Columbus, Ohio, is finishing out her third year at University of the Arts - and, last weekend, she decided she just couldn't take one more summer of lewd Philly catcalls. So, she took action. This week, she launched a hotline just for sexual harassers, and created a template for cards so that any woman can keep the number handy to offer up in a pinch.
The policy at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia, barred unaccompanied children as well as visitors who were not immediate family. That meant many kids and long-term, but unmarried, partners couldn't visit. The FDC announced a new policy in advance of settlement negotiations in a class-action lawsuit.
Pennsylvania now has the highest rate of citizens under probation or parole supervision in the Northeastern U.S., and the third-highest rate in the country, according to an analysis from Columbia University Justice Lab released Wednesday. That's 296,000 people under supervision statewide, and one in 22 adults in Philadelphia. People locked up on violations of parole or probation account for one-third of state prison inmates and more than half of the county jail population.
Nicole Murray, 24, of Northeast Philadelphia, was last seen in Kensington in late December 2017. Her body was found on Friday near a vacant trailer in rural Tunkhannock, Pa., about 30 miles northwest of Wilkes-Barre. Authorities are calling her death suspicious.
Alonzo Carter was sitting against the wall, covered in blood, smoking a cigarette when police arrived at the Chester apartment occupied by Devanna Cornitcher and her two children on Friday night. Three feet away lay the body of Cornitcher, 25, along with a bloody kitchen knife. "I did it 'cause she tried to stab me," he told police, according to an affidavit.
The day before he was found dead, he went to a corrections officer and expressed his despondency and broke down in tears. He had him sent to the psychiatric unit. The next morning, he was found hanging in his prison cell.
Starbucks is in damage-control mode after a weekend of negative media coverage and protests over the arrest of two men who - to many who saw a viral video of the incident at the chain's 19th and Spruce location last Thursday - appeared to be guilty of nothing but waiting for a friend while black. CEO Kevin Johnson promises to learn from the experience and make sure it won't happen again.
Samantha Melamed writes about anything and everything Philadelphia from the features desk.