Philadelphia officials are considering eliminating the cash bail system which could annually save the city $75 million. It takes a financial toll on the city to hold individuals awaiting trials for minor offenses. Councilman Jones has been leading the reform efforts by addressing the underlying issues with the offender instead of sending them straight to jail. This will lead to a more progressive judicial system reducing recidivism.
A vote of support was given by Councilman Jones for the “Rebuild” initiative. The purpose of the bill was to move 500 million dollars to the restoration of park and Rec. centers throughout the city. Additionally, an objective was to raise the diversity in the workforce of construction.
Mayor Jim Kenney joined by City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Rebuild Executive Director Nicole Westerman and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell on a tour of Tustin Playground in the Overbrook section on Wednesday.
Councilman Jones partnered with other city officials to revitalize the 54th Street Commercial Corridor by opening the Wynne Senior Residence. The new facility, the former Wynne Theater, will highlight 51-unit apartment building that will be more affordable for the Seniors of the community.