Tagged: criminal justice

The DNA of Hope

By Kristyn Komarnicki I live in a state of hopelessness. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that retain both the death penalty and a life-without-parole policy. And the death penalty is the ultimate...

“Death Row Chaplain” by Earl Smith

reviewed by Samuel K. Atchison “So, you’re reviewing the book that you should have written,” my wife said when I told her about being asked to read Death Row Chaplain by Earl Smith. Indeed,...

Ordered to Die, Saved by Christ

by Marc Hyden Convicted of murder and sentenced to death, Mitch Rutledge thought his life was over. Without caring friends or family, he was barely a footnote to society, but his life began anew...

Heroes of the Faith: Elizabeth Fry

(1780-1845) The first evidence of Elizabeth Fry’s reforming spirit was her own powerful transformation at age 18 from a frivolous girl who boldly wore scarlet-laced boots to Quaker meeting to a serious young woman...

Driven by a Vision

Meet some Philadelphia heroes who fight HIV/AIDS and seek to empower its victims by Chris T. Johnson and Kristyn Komarnicki Typical of many urban neighborhoods in the northeast part of the country, South Philadelphia...

Welcome Home

by Harold Dean Trulear It’s a phrase that signifies warmth, acceptance, and belonging. The weary pilgrim, the anxious traveler, the displaced refugee long to hear those words. But for many Americans, the longing for...

Freed to Speak

Witness to Innocence puts a face on the death penalty debate by Janell Anema Photography by Sofia Moro Every six months an exclusive group of people gathers in a different US city where members...