The Atlantic Feature on Participatory Defense

Check out the new piece by Maura Ewing in The Atlantic “How Prisoners’ Families Can Assist Overworked Public Defenders”. The piece features the great work of the Montgomery County, PA Participatory Defense Team!

NORRISTOWN, Pa.—Things were not looking up for Saabir Lewis last August. The 21-year-old faced up to 20 years in prison on charges including assault, trespassing on school property, and armed robbery stemming from incidents in 2015 and 2016. Though no one was badly hurt, the offenses were serious.

He is now in a dramatically different circumstance: After 10 months in county jail, Lewis will soon be transferred to a juvenile-detention facility to finish out a two-year sentence, after which he’ll have five years of probation. Aside from the benefits of a shortened sentence and detention among people closer to his age, he’ll be able to participate in rehabilitation programs that an adult prison likely wouldn’t have. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE >>>

 

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