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Communications is about delivering information to people, but it is also about delivering results. In this day and age, storytelling is vital. Storytelling can mean providing someone’s story with...
In Pennsylvania, nearly 1 in 3 – or three million – people have a criminal record. Many have only minor convictions, while others have been arrested but never even convicted of a crime....
In Pennsylvania, homelessness is getting worse On any given day, 15,000 Pennsylvanians experience homelessness. Rates of homelessness in Pennsylvania have increased, especially among veterans...
Update: Clean Slate passed in Pennsylvania on June 22, 2018! Having even a minor criminal record can serve as a barrier to nearly all basic necessities including employment and housing. Records...
The following testimony was delivered to Philadelphia City Council on May 17, 2018. My name is Jamie Gullen and I am a Supervising Attorney in the Employment Unit at Community Legal Services (“CLS...
The following testimony was delivered to Philadelphia City Council on May 17, 2018. My name is Sasha and I am a mother to a three-year-old daughter, a daughter to an aging mother, and a...
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) is working on a bill, Senate Bill 529, which would help Pennsylvanians clear some old and minor criminal records without the need for a lawyer or going...
The Philadelphia District Attorney can play an important role in fighting poverty in America’s poorest big city. Criminal records, even minor and old ones, have an outsized effect on ...
The following testimony was delivered by CLS Managing Attorney Amy Hirsch in front of the Council of the City of Philadelphia Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform on February 10, 2017....
10 Ways the Federal Government can Alleviate Poverty and its Devastating Effects As the nation turns its eyes to the national political conventions in Cleveland and in Philadelphia, it is...