Flashpoint: Analysis of Trump's #FirstStep justice reform, tiny houses for homeless, and Fred's Footsteps

Flashpoint
December 02, 2018 - 9:18 am
Cherri Gregg and Stephanie Sena.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the First Step Act, a criminal justice reform bill supported by President Donald Trump. The proposed legislation is endorsed by both the ACLU and the FOP, yet there is major opposition by some Republican lawmakers, despite bipartisan support.  

The law would open the door to free thousands of federal inmates who experienced harsh sentencing as a result of the War on Drugs. The bill would also provide dignity to incarcerated women. 

So why the resistance? Will it pass?  

Jordan Harris, Pennsylvania State Representative for the 186th District, Jules Epstein, law professor at Temple University and Sameerah Shabazz, policy director at Ardella's House walk us through the issues from a local perspective.

Cherri Gregg and Sameerah Shabazz, Jules Epstein, Jordan Harris.
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Our newsmaker of the week is Stephanie Sena, a professor at Villanova University and founder of the Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia. She is currently working on a project to build tiny homes for a segment of the homeless population that is hard to shelter. Sena has secured funding and is currently working on a model version - she explains it all. More at https://www.facebook.com/SREHUP/.

Our change maker of the week is Fred's Footsteps, a nonprofit that provides grants to families with ill or injured children. The money they give to families help them through the financial strain of dealing with children during a crisis. Executive Director Christine DiBona Lobley discusses the FF's mission. The organization was founded to honor Fred DiBona, the late CEO of Independence Blue Cross. More at https://fredsfootsteps.org/about/.

Cherri Gregg and Christine DiBona Lobley.
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