For John,* a youth client of YSRP, violence and tragedy permeated his childhood. At just 10 years old, John’s father was murdered at the hands of a Philadelphia Police Officer, turning his life upside down.
On April 23, 2019, YSRP staff members Cameron Holmes, Reentry Supervisor, and John Pace, Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Reentry Coordinator, testified to members of the PA Legislative Black Caucus about reentry initiatives in Philadelphia at a joint hearing they hosted with the House Democratic Policy Committee. Mr. Holmes and Mr. Pace offered their powerful testimony to a packed house at the hearing, held at Temple University, about reentry and their own personal experiences navigating it. Their words had a clear impact that night. Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D) drew on Mr. Holmes’ testimony in his closing remarks, charging lawmakers to be guided by the “shining light” of those who had testified that evening to usher in more supportive lawmaking that will pave pathways to success for individuals returning home from jails and prisons.
Members of the PA Legislative Black Caucus, including Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell (D), left, and Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D), center, listen to public testimony about reentry at Temple University on April 23, 2019.
Cameron Holmes, YSRP Reentry Supervisor, second from left, testifies on April 23, 2019, at the hearing. Legendary professional boxer Bernard Hopkins, left, also testified.
Cameron Holmes, Reentry Supervisor, left, with John Pace, Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Reentry Coordinator, after their testimony.
Rep. Stephen Kinsey (D) of the PA Legislative Black Caucus, with Cameron Holmes, left, and John Pace, following the hearing on April 23, 2019.