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Making life in prison and upon release a little easier

Click each name to find a list of resources available at HSP.



The Pennsylvania Prison Society/Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons

    - Formed in 1787

    - First of such societies in the world

    - Urged creation of a large penitentiary, leading to the creation of Eastern State Penitentiary

    - Three main goals: Oversight and advocacy, prison visiting, and assistance to men and  women released from prison.


Joseph Paull

    - Butcher, professional strongman and Jewish community leader

    - Developed a parole program matching Eastern State Penitentiary prisoners with employers

    - Sponsored refugees during and after WWII