More than 7,800 men and women sit in Philadelphia’s overcrowded jails, three-quarters of them languishing while they await trial under a bail system that critics call outmoded and that cities–and the White House–are working to change.
Hundreds in the nation’s fifth-largest city would be free, including nonviolent and first-time offenders, if there were alternatives to bail, a recent tally of the daily jail population showed. People accused of crimes here have historically faced some of the country’s longest waits for their cases to be heard.
Kareem Chappelle, a graduate of The Choice is Yours and one of this year’s Inspiration Award winners at Strictly Business, recently shared his experience with the Philadelphia bail system and how he was given a second chance. Read more in AP.