Community Forum: Let's End Cash Bail in Philadelphia

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
Join community members and city leaders for an informative panel discussion regarding Philadelphia’s cash bail system. Evidence shows the cash bail system does not work. Panel members will discuss what can be done to improve the system. With the recent award of a $3.5 million MacArthur Grant to the city, there is a unique opportunity to revamp the current model. 

Cash bail does not ensure the public safety. It is also unconstitutional to retain someone in jail simply because they do not have the means to pay. Keeping low-income individuals to await trial disrupts employment, stresses families and often results in evictions. At this forum, two Philadelphia residents, Reuben Jones and Joshua Glenn, whose lives were severely impacted by this system, will present their stories. 

Councilman Curtis Jones who is leading the charge to address this issue and Chief Public Defender Keir Bradford Grey will share their insights into the work being done to reform cash bail in Philadelphia. Clifford T. Keenan, the Director of Pre-Trial Services in Washington, D.C., will discuss that city’s successful program to end cash bail. 

Patrick Egan will be the moderator.

Co-Sponsors for this event:
No215Jail Coalition
Unitarian Society of Germantown
UU Church of the Restoration
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
The Center for Returning Citizens
Frontline Dads, Inc
Pennsylvania Prison Society
Organizing for Action
X-Offenders for Community Empowerment
Center for Community Healing and Transformation
Showing up for Racial Justice - SURJ
Philadelphia Ethical Society