Black Women Lead Philadelphia Criminal Justice System

The city of Philadelphia has just sworn in Danielle Outlaw as its first black female police chief. She is among five other black women leading the city’s criminal justice system. 

The other women include Vanessa Garrett Harley is deputy managing director for criminal justice and public safety in the Office of Criminal Justice. 

Blanche Carney is the first black woman to step into the role of Prison Commissioner. Darlene Miller made history last year as the first black female chief of adult probation and parole.

With a 40 year career in law, Jacqueline Allen is a judge in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Keir Bradford-Grey is the city’s Chief Defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. And after 27 years in the Philadelphia police department, Rochelle Bilal is the first woman and African-American to be elected as the city’s Sheriff.

Due to the hard work of these women and their collective dedication to the city, Philadelphia has seen its jail population decrease by more than 40%, inmates receive medication assisted treatment to help with opioid addiction, 500 probation cases have been closed, 76 voters with past convictions were able to register to vote, more than 300 former juvenile lifers saw their cases re-sentenced and more.  

Click here to read more on the accomplishments of these history making women. 


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