Reforming Philadelphia’s overcrowded prison system

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Guests: Blanche Carney, Julie Wertheimer, Marie Gottschalk

The MacArthur Foundation just awarded Philadelphia a $3.5 million grant to implement programs aimed at reducing the city’s prison population. Currently, 7,000 of Philadelphia residents are imprisoned and 70% of these inmates are African-American. Today, we discuss why prisons are so overcrowded, and what can be done to correct this ongoing problem.  Guest host Mary Cummings-Jordan welcomes the newly-appointed Philadelphia commissioner of prisons, BLANCHE CARNEY, as well as , JULIE WERTHEIMER, chief of staff for Philadelphia’s deputy managing director for criminal justice who is directing the grant initiative. Also joining us is MARIE GOTTSCHALK, political science professor at The University of Pennsylvania and author of Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics.

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