Behind the Rise and Fall of Philadelphia's Prison Population: A Conversation

Date: May 19, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Law School
Levy Conference Center
3400 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative hosted “Behind the Rise and Fall of Philadelphia’s Prison Population,” a panel discussion on the findings of the initiative's latest study, on Wednesday, May 19 at 6:30 pm.

Click the play button below to watch the video of the discussion, divided by speaker and segment topic.


Panelists explored why the city’s jail population rose for most of the decade and fell in the past year, what is being done to manage the population more systematically, and what the experiences of other cities have been.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Pew president and CEO Rebecca W. Rimel and 6ABC Action News anchor Tamala Edwards joined panelists for an engaging conversation featuring:

  • District Attorney R. Seth Williams 
  • Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Everett A. Gillison
  • Reverend Dr. Ernest McNear, chairman of the Kingdom Care Reentry Network
  • Michael P. Jacobson, director and president of the Vera Institute of Justice in New York

The event was hosted with University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael A. Fitts and Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Scott F. Cooper.

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