Posted by Eric Horvath on June 18, 2015 at 3:52 PM
(Philadelphia) - Councilman Bobby Henon (right) announced the formation of a Philadelphia Prison and Incarceration Reform Working Group, aimed at finding long-term solutions to the interrelated issues of prison conditions, inmate management and care, criminal justice and sentencing.
The effort will be co-chaired by Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (3rd District) and Councilman Dennis O'Brien (At-Large), and follows debate surrounding the potential replacement of the 140-year-old House of Correction in Councilman Henon's District.
The group will seek to build consensus around these issues while giving the public and City Council more time to consider the plans to replace the House of Correction while integrating more solutions to lower prison population. This work will operate alongside current Nutter Administration efforts to lower the Philadelphia prison population through the recent award of a grant by the MacArthur Foundation.
In a letter to Mayor Nutter before City Council adjourned for the summer recess, Councilman Henon expressed his desire to find broad support for replacing the crumbling physical infrastructure at the current House of Correction, while finding the most cost-efficient ways to manage prison population, secure humane services for inmates and create safe working conditions for correctional staff.
Participation in the working group is open to the public. Interested parties are welcome to contact the Councilman's office to inquire about participation.