How Philly’s cash bail system does more harm than good | Opinion

From Philadelphia Media Network: Our money bail system is a travesty. Every day in Philadelphia, people who are accused but not convicted of a crime are held in jail not because they are guilty, but because they are too poor to purchase their freedom. Judges here routinely put a price on a person’s liberty, and it is often one they cannot afford. One in four people is assigned money bail of $50,000 or more. (Read more.)


Hunger and discrimination go hand in hand | Opinion

From Philadelphia Media Network: After interviewing almost 700 people at similar levels of poverty, the evidence is clear: If people experience discrimination by the police or courts, they report rates of food insecurity twice as high (26 percent) as those who have not (13 percent). The same is true for moms who have applied for a job, or been discriminated against on the job, in school, and while trying to get health care. (Read more.)