A controversial bill has prisons advocates and reformers outraged and ready for action. House Bill 1089 which would require incarcerated persons to pay restitution from any funds on their prison accounts or sent to them by friends, family members and loved ones has been reintroduced by state representative Todd Stephenson (R-Montgomery County).
For the third time this year, Councilman Bobby Henon held a bill Thursday that would allow the city to spend more than $7 million to buy land in Northeast Philadelphia that could be used to replace an aging prison.
City Council urged to decrease jail population and invest in schools, not jail cells
PHILADELPHIA, PA (June 10, 2015) On Thursday, June 11, concerned community members will converge on City Hall to demand that City Council permanently shelve its plan to build a new county jail. They will call on Council to instead take steps to drastically decrease the city’s jail population and direct resources to the city’s severely underfunded school system.