Rallies Demand City Officials Free Women, Youth from Jail
The fight to bring incarcerated adults and youth home safely from dangerous conditions in Philly jails is one of our key responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s a quick update on our ongoing efforts to support community members on the inside and in re-entry.
There are still 3500+ adults and 100+ juveniles awaiting trial in Philadelphia jails. Last week that number rose — as judges refused emergency releases and continued to set bail, and it was announced that jury trials won’t restart until September 8.
On May 15, the People’s Paper Co-op Fellows worked with the Bail Fund to co-organize an action outside of Riverside Correctional Facility, a women’s jail. Over 70 protesters of all ages attended. The PPC displayed posters and banners displaying messages of hope and protest so women could see them from their cells. Speakers’ words were broadcast over the radio so prisoners could tune in and listen directly. Read more about the action here.
On May 18, The Village continued its ongoing campaign to #FreeOurYouth and demand that young people be released from jails in Philadelphia. The rally at the Juvenile Justice Center included a stirring spoken word performance from Village alum Emyne Aaleah and original audio pieces and artwork featuring quotes from parents of incarcerated teens collected by Village staff and students.
We offer big thanks to our partners on these ongoing efforts: