Good news: City Council has taken an interest in this issue. On Friday, March 3, at 11:00am, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is holding a hearing on the impact on Philadelphia. The hearing will provide an introduction to costs and fees generally, and then will focus specifically on the City's collection practice of charging parents for the cost of their children's incarceration. It is a response to the inaction of the City in changing this practice, despite the public pronouncement of a desire to end it, and all the interim steps they have taken to get there.
The hearing will be at City Hall, in the Council's main chamber, Room 400.
YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine will be testifying alongside Temple student Wes Stevenson and YSRP parent advocate Kameelah Spears. Also testifying is Juvenile Law Center's Jessica Feierman, Stoneleigh Fellow and former Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and Cynthia Figueroa, the Commissioner of Philadelphia DHS.
We hope you can join us to show the City that people care about ending this unjust practice.